LaVar Ball Says LiAngelo Will 'Be Fine' After Arrest for Alleged Shoplifting

LiAngelo Ball is one of three basketball-playing siblings who have emerged on the national stage in the U.S. in recent years, fuelled in part by father LaVar's aggressive promotion of his sons as future NBA superstars.

Sources have indicated that the three players have admitted to committing the crime, and reports indicate the three stole sunglasses from the high-end store.

The teams were staying at the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou on Tuesday before leaving for Shanghai, where Georgia Tech and No. 21 UCLA are set to open the season in a game today.

Other details regarding the arrest, including what the three UCLA players are accused of stealing, are still unclear.

And now it appears that the authorities may have been investigating shoplifting when conducting that search. Taking some items from a shop in China is not very Big Baller.

"We are aware of reports of three USA citizens arrested and subsequently released on bail in China", a State Department official told TMZ Sports on Wednesday.

UCLA has not commented further outside of their initial statement in regards to the matter.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott issued a statement saying the conference is "disappointed" in the situation.

Georgia Tech: "We are aware of the matter involving UCLA student-athletes and we are gathering more information".

The three players were reportedly released on bail early Wednesday, but they're not out of trouble yet: under notoriously tough Chinese law, they could face between three and 10 years in prison if convicted.

The Bruins are in China on a week-long team trip ahead of their season opener in Shanghai this weekend.

Sugiura also reports that local police inspected the UCLA team bus in the cargo component as players waited to attend practice. Police interviewed all of the players from each team and would not allow their coaches to be present. Ball previously told ESPN that he was planning on traveling to China for the game, but it is unknown whether he is there. "He'll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal; it ain't that big of a deal".

  • Stacy Allen