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Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

House arrest likely punishment for arrested UCLA players

House arrest likely punishment for arrested UCLA players

The three UCLA basketball players who were busted for allegedly shoplifting in China could be stuck in the country for months.

So, when his younger brother, LiAngelo Ball, got arrested for allegedly shoplifting during a UCLA team trip to China, of course Lonzo was asked about it.

The championship and consolation games are the next day.

The Hyatt Hangzhou, where UCLA and Georgia Tech players are reportedly staying ahead of Friday's season opener.

UCLA plays Georgia Tech on Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.) in Shanghai. They were interrogated and not allowed to be in contact with any of their coaching staff for hours, until they were finally released.

A US State Department official said: "We are aware of reports of three US citizens arrested in China and stand ready to assist".

Chinese authorities have up to 37 days to decide whether to pursue official approval for a formal arrest, Margaret Lewis, a law professor at Seton Hall University in New Jersey who researches China's legal system, told the Los Angeles Times.

Scott did not elaborate on what occurred and said the league was directing all inquiries about the specifics of the matter to UCLA.

Many details around the reported arrest and alleged crime remain murky, although two others, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, are also said to be in Chinese custody.

"We are very disappointed by any situation that detracts from the positive student-athlete educational and cultural experience that this week is about", the statement said.

In a statement on Weibo earlier Wednesday, LaVar Ball called the incident "unfortunate to both the Ball family and UCLA".

"Whether in the United States or overseas, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards", it said. "Everybody is making it a big deal".

LaVar, Tina and LaMelo Ball went to China to watch LiAngelo play his first game as a Bruin and promote the opening of a Big Baller Brand pop-up shop in Shanghai.

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