LiAngelo Ball was one of three UCLA basketball players arrested in China just days before the Bruins open their season against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.
Ball and fellow UCLA freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were arrested on shoplifting charges, ESPN.com reported Tuesday.
Three UCLA men's basketball players — including LiAngelo Ball — arrested in China for shoplifting, sources… https://t.co/rjLS1QZM0D
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) November 7, 2017
UCLA released a statement on Tuesday indicating it is “aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes” in China. The university is “cooperating fully with local authorities” and has no further comment at this time.
None of the three arrested players are projected starters for 21st-ranked UCLA, but each had been expected to contribute off the bench for the Bruins this season.
Ball, the best known of the trio since he’s the younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball, is a 6-foot-5 guard with a knack for knocking down outside shots. Hill and Riley, both 6-foot-10 forwards, are consensus top 100 prospects and members of a UCLA recruiting class ranked among the top five nationally.
There’s nobody more overhyped in the history of sports than the Ball family. They’re the sports version of the Kardashians and it’s gross that they’re so hyped and famous. Lonzo absolutely stinks yet for some reason ESPN thinks he’s a godsend. It makes no sense. As for LiAngelo, maybe he can rock these in jail! Big baller!