Markazi tracked down LaVar Ball, who is on a "sightseeing tour" with his family in Shanghai, to get his reaction to LiAngelo's arrest. Instead of focusing on basketball, the team is now forced to focus on the legal fate of some of their youngest players, reports CBS News' Vladimir Duthiers. The three UCLA players were taken in for further questioning around 1 p.m. local time, according to ESPN, and remained in police custody until early Wednesday morning.
According to the report, around 20 police officers arrived at the Hyatt Hangzhou at around 8 a.m. and spoke with players from both UCLA and Georgia Tech.
Alford said that the neither Ball, Riley nor Hill would be allowed to play in the seasoning opening game against Georgia Tech.
And now it appears that the authorities may have been investigating shoplifting when conducting that search.
LiAngelo father, LaVar, was initially scheduled to hold a press conference to discuss the arrest on Wednesday morning, but cancelled on the advice of legal counsel.
UCLA has not commented further outside of their initial statement in regards to the matter.
While Lonzo now plays for the 5-5 Lakers, younger brother LaMelo was taken out of Chino Hills High School so he can be made into 'the best basketball player ever, ' according to father LaVar.
"We are very disappointed by any situation that detracts from the positive student-athlete educational and cultural experience that this week is all about", he said. "We will continue to closely monitor the situation". If convicted, the three could face anywhere from 3-10 years in a Chinese prison.
According to ESPN, the three UCLA players are staying at their hotel in Hangzhou, away from the team who are getting ready for their game Friday in Shanghai.
The Bruins are in China on a week-long team trip ahead of their season opener in Shanghai this weekend.
"I'm going to wait until I get some more intel on what's going on, and then I can tell you what's up", Ball told ESPN on Wednesday, adding that he isn't anxious about his son.
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