LiAngelo Ball, UCLA Teammates Released on Bail After Shoplifting Arrest
LiAngelo Ball can breathe a sigh of relief right now.
On Tuesday, the UCLA guard and two of his teammates were detained and arrested in mainland China under suspicion of shoplifting.
On Wednesday morning, the trio were released on bail in Hangzhou, China. They were questioned by police about allegedly swiping sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton shop beside the hotel where the Bruins were staying. Despite being released, they cannot leave that hotel until the legal process is over.
It must be noted that Chinese law calls for a fine and between three to 10 years in prison for anyone convicted of “robbing public or private property using force, coercion, or other methods.”
LiAngelo’s father, LaVar Ball, cancelled a press conference he scheduled on Tuesday to speak on the matter, but cameras eventually caught up to him. He stated, “Everybody making it a big deal,” adding, “It ain’t that big of a deal.”
LiAngelo, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill will not play Friday against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.