For better or for worse, the Ball family can’t stay out of the headlines. Usually it’s because of something LaVar said, or Lonzo’s performance on the court, but this one comes from the most quiet brother from the family: LiAngelo.
He and two other UCLA men’s basketball players were arrested in China, only a few days before the Bruins season-opening game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Friday.
According to ESPN, the players went into a Louis Vuitton store next to their hotel room and stole merchandise, then were held by police to be questioned.
According to Georgia Tech, none of their players were involved in the incident, but some of them were questioned by police. Hours later, a police car was seen taking several UCLA players out of the hotel and into custody.
UPDATE: UCLA teammates LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill may face up to 10 years in prison if they are convicted of shoplifting in Shanghai, China. Chinese law says that perpetrators can face from 3-10 years in jail and a fine if they are convicted, with criminals who are indicted suffering an uphill climb. Chinese prosecutors enjoy 99.2% conviction ratings. While the U.S. consulate can certainly help the three work something out with the government in China, there’s a big possibility that these guys could be in serious trouble if there is proof they stole something at the LV store.