LiAngelo Ball

Three UCLA men’s basketball players have been arrested in China for shoplifting, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. The group includes LiAngelo Ball, as well as Cody Riley and Jalen Hill. All three are freshmen.

So, to say the least, this is bad. It’s unclear exactly what will happen to these three now, as being arrested in China has markedly different consequences than being arrested in the United States. However, it would be surprising if they were to play in the Bruins’ game against Georgia Tech on Friday.

UCLA released a 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,” per Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

Lavar Ball, the outspoken father of LiAngelo, has yet to comment. It will certainly be interesting to see what he has to say on the situation, if anything at all. As for Lonzo, LiAngelo’s brother, the Lakers don’t play until tomorrow. It’s unlikely we see him comment until then.

Hopefully everything turns out for the best.

Ethan Sears
Ethan Sears is currently a freshman at the University of Michigan. He is from Rye, New York and started writing at EthanSears.com, a self-published website. He has loved sports from an early age and intends to have a long career in journalism. Ethan has interned at the New York Post for three straight summers. He is a Michigan women's basketball beat writer for the Michigan Daily and a Michigan me's basketball writer for UMHoops.com. You can follow him on Twitter @ethan_sears.