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Three UCLA males’s basketball gamers — together with LiAngelo Ball, the youthful brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball — had been arrested in China simply days earlier than Friday’s season-opening recreation towards Georgia Tech in Shanghai, sources instructed ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
One supply instructed ESPN the gamers — which additionally included freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill — had been arrested on shoplifting prices.
The gamers are being questioned about stealing from a Louis Vuitton retailer that’s positioned subsequent to the group’s resort.
A supply tells ESPN the gamers are usually not at present with the group.
Multiple calls and texts to UCLA head coach Steve Alford at roughly 1 a.m. native time on Wednesday morning weren’t instantly returned.
UCLA launched an announcement: “We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China. The University is cooperating fully with local authorities on this matter, and we have no further comment at this time.”
One supply instructed ESPN that almost 20 law enforcement officials got here into the Hyatt Hangzhou at roughly eight a.m. native time Tuesday and spoke to a number of gamers from each Georgia Tech and UCLA. The gamers, in line with the supply, had been stored in a room for hours and never allowed to talk to any of the coaches.
“They weren’t messing around,” the supply instructed ESPN. “The kids were scared.”
The Georgia Tech gamers had been allowed to depart the room hours later, and the UCLA gamers had been seen getting right into a police automobile round 1 p.m. native time, in line with the supply.
Georgia Tech launched an announcement to ESPN Tuesday, saying that three of their gamers had been questioned by native authorities at their resort.
“During the questioning, it was determined that Georgia Tech student-athletes were not involved in the activities being investigated,” Georgia Tech mentioned within the badertion. “They have resumed their scheduled activities in advance of Saturday’s season opener versus UCLA in Shanghai.”
The groups are scheduled to go to Shanghai Disney Resort on Wednesday.