UCLA Players holdover after Theft

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UCLA China Theft

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

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UCLA has been in the news cycle and remains there as two of their players who traveled to Alibaba, China for their season opener has broken the law. LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley remain in Hangzhou, China after being accused of stealing from a local mall.


The three players didn’ t participate in the game that was scheduled from Saturday after reports of several players shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store near the teams hotel hit the wire. The storied school defeated Georgia Tech in Shanghai 63-60 in a competitive contest. The team returned to the US on Saturday night.

A team representative and two of the players remain in China awaiting the outcome of the legal incident. LiAngelo’s father Lavar also stayed behind to await resolution.

Father of the LA Lakers the team coach Bill Walton, where LiAngelo’s brother Lonzo is a rookie, said of the incident. “I am sad, disappointed and embarrassed. This is a very big deal,” Walton said. “The noble purpose here has been stained. Our host, Alibaba China, the people, they have been better than perfect in everything. They’ve done everything right to make this all work. Now members of our family have displayed an appalling lack of honor, a lack of respect, a lack of decency by doing something in someone else’s home that they would never do in their own. And I want to apologize right now on behalf of the human race for this travesty.” Bill Walton is also a former Bruin and former NBA player.

The trio are accuse do of stealing designer sunglasses.

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