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LiAngelo Ball spoke publicly about his arrest in China for the first time in an appearance in on Today is shown on Tuesday morning, while his father, LaVar, explained why he decided to take his son out of UCLA on Monday.

LiAngelo Ball, one of three UCLA basketball players arrested in Hangzhou, China, for shoplifting last month, was suspended indefinitely by the Bruins as a result of the incident. Although the duration of the suspension has not yet been reported, LiAngelo Ball was asked on Tuesday Today if two or three months was too long to wait to get back on the court.

"Yes, that's the whole season, almost," he replied. "It's just a long time of doing nothing, I'd rather be playing."

UCLA was in China last month for a game against Georgia Tech. One night in Hangzhou, said LiAngelo Ball Today he and his teammates were shopping when "people started taking things" . He said he was not thinking and, "I took something too."

"We left thinking we could escape, you know how the children think," he continued. "I did not realize until I got back to my hotel, I said," That was stupid "But in the end, it was too late, and the next morning, the police came looking for us."

LiAngelo Ball said he spent "a day and a half or something" in a Chinese prison. Freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were also arrested by the Chinese authorities and remain suspended.

"It was horrible," said LiAngelo Ball about his experience in the Chinese prison. "They take off your clothes, you put everything they have for you, a little monkey or whatever, take your shoes, you sit in a concrete cell for as long as it is, it's just you and all the officers, and they're they do not speak English … "

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LaVar Ball stated Monday that in light of the ongoing suspension of UCLA, he intends to take his son out of school and begin training him for the NBA .

"China already said, 'All right, you made a big mistake, we're going to drop the charges, that's the punishment they were given,' said LaVar Ball in the program Today . "But that's the punishment they gave, now we're here, we have to serve one more punishment, we apologize, but it's a long process for him, he just went to UCLA to play basketball."

LaVar Ball said he's going to put LiAngelo Ball in shape and that "he will go to the NBA". His eldest son, Lonzo, was the second overall pick in the NBA draft and is in the middle of his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"The great plan is still the same, all these guys are going to be about the Lakers," said LaVar Ball. "Look how I do this, people are going to look up and say:" Wow, how did all the Lakers take them? "

And his alternative plan?

"I do not have an alternative plan, because if I have an alternative plan, that means I'm going to 80 percent this way and 20 percent of my setback," said LaVar Ball. "I have 100 in. So they never stopped me."

Contact Tom Schad at [email protected] or on Twitter @Tom_Schad .

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