LiAngelo Ball, two other UCLA players released after arrest in China

Hope Soto
November 10, 2017

ESPN's Arash Markazi reported from Shanghai that LaVar Ball planned to hold a press conference Wednesday but was advised by counsel to cancel it.

The Chinese government reported the incident to US officials, Chinese foreign ministry officials previously said.

Correction: A previous version of this story said Ball and three others had been arrested, when a total of three players had been arrested. Additionally, William Nee, a researcher for Amnesty International, told Wetzel that suspects in China are regularly detained for a month or more before being indicted.

A UCLA spokesman did not confirm or deny the information, referring to the school's statement that it was cooperating with local authorities. Ball is the younger sibling of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, who was selected as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft. According to Chinese lawyers who spoke with Yahoo Sports, the players could face 3-10 years for shoplifting under Chinese law.

"We are very disappointed by any situation that detracts from the positive student-athlete educational and cultural experience that this week is about", Scott said. "Whether in the United States or overseas, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards".

Asked later in the day whether he was anxious about his son, LaVar replied, according to ESPN: "He'll be fine, he'll be fine".

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Due to privacy considerations, the State Department declined to comment further. UCLA went through practice Wednesday before visiting Shanghai Disneyland.

Lonzo is used to focusing on basketball amid LaVar's numerous self-generated controversies.

Lavar also predicted all his sons will eventually play for the Lakers.

The family stars in its own reality show on Facebook, "Ball in the Family", and boasts an athletic apparel line, Big Baller Brand.

The players will not play in Saturday's game against Georgia Tech, UCLA Athletics spokeswoman Shana Wilson said.

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