The three players, a group that also included freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were questioned about stealing from a Louis Vuitton store located next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou, where the Bruins had been staying before leaving for Shanghai on Wednesday.
When reporters asked LaVar Ball about the situation on Tuesday, the outspoken father of Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo told ESPN that LiAngelo will "be fine" and that the incident "ain't that big a deal". Ball and his team are now in the Asian country to play a preseason game against Georgia Tech scheduled on Friday. As he was leaving the hotel, LaVar Ball downplayed LiAngelo'a arrest, telling ESPN: "He'll be fine".
Why is UCLA and Georgia Tech in China to play a basketball game, missing all that school, and then force-feeding their fans the idea of 'student-athletes.' And if it's such a cultural excursion, what's UCLA doing in the Louis Vitton sunglass section?More news: Facebook Calls On Users To Send Nudes In Revenge Porn Crackdown
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said the conference was directing specific questions about what transpired to UCLA.
TMZ Sports additionally reported that the U.S. State Department is ready to provide assistance to Ball, Hill and Riley if need be.
If tried and convicted, LiAngleo Ball and his teammates could face between three and 10 years in prison.
"We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China", UCLA Athletics said in a statement. "We stand ready to provide appropriate consular assistance for USA citizens".More news: Christopher Plummer to replace Kevin Spacey in completed J. Paul Getty biopic
UCLA Coach Steve Alford has confirmed that the three players will not play in Friday's game.
LiAngelo Ball, a freshman, is the middle child of LaVar and Tina Ball.
Lonzo Ball starred at UCLA last season and is now a rookie with the Lakers.
The players will not play in Saturday's game against Georgia Tech, UCLA Athletics spokeswoman Shana Wilson said.More news: Moyes Confirmed As West Ham Boss