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LiAngelo Ball, son of LaVar and brother to Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, has allegedly been arrested for shoplifting at Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Ball and two of his Bruins teammates, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were caught in the act just days before Friday’s season-opener against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.
Even thhough Georgia Tech players were on the scene at the time of the UCLA players’ arrest, none of them have been confirmed to be involved.
ESPN’s report stated around 20 police officers came into the Hyatt Hangzhou around 8 a.m. to question players of both teams. The players were reportedly held in a room for several hours and were not permitted to speak to any coaches while the questioning took place.
UCLA released the following statement:
“We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China. The University is cooperating fully with local authorities on this matter, and we have no further comment at this time.”
While UCLA doesn’t have much to say yet, Ball’s father, LaVar, has said that he is not worried about his son.
LaVar told ESPN, “I’m going to wait until I get more intel on what’s going on. He’ll be fine. Everyone’s making it a big deal. It ain’t that big a deal.”