House Arrest Likely Punishment For LiAngelo Ball, UCLA Players Arrested In China

A source told Ken Sugiara of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the three UCLA players - Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley - will face 20 days of house arrest and then will be barred from visiting the country again.

On Thursday, Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the players, who were released on bail Wednesday, might serve the punishment at the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou, the hotel where UCLA and Georgia Tech players stayed ahead of their game Saturday (Friday night USA time) in Shanghai. The three are now at that hotel and will not take part in Friday's game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. On Tuesday, LiAngelo was arrested in China along with two UCLA teammates and accused of shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton location.

UCLA Coach Steve Alford has confirmed that the three players will not play in Friday's game.

In a statement to PEOPLE, UCLA said, "We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China".

"UCLA is cooperating fully with local authorities", Scott said. "The kids were scared".

In the same thread, another commenter proposed a tongue-in-cheek stat line summing up LiAngelo's time in China: "0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 1 steal, 0 turnovers". That process could take months, during which time, the three players will remain at the Hangzhou hotel.

Three UCLA men's basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting a day before U.S. President Donald Trump's visit have been confined to their hotel pending legal proceedings, sources with knowledge of the matter said.

LaVar Ball, the father of the Ball athlete family, isn't anxious. As he pushes his wife Tina Ball's wheelchair, he tells the reporter, "I'm going to wait until I get more intel on what's going on. He'll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal; it ain't that big of a deal". "It ain't that big of a deal".

  • Stacy Allen