- UCLA and Georgia Tech are set to open the NCAA basketball season on Friday with a game in Shanghai, China.
- UCLA freshman LiAngelo Ball, brother of NBA rookie Lonzo Ball, was reportedly questioned, along with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, over an alleged shoplifting incident, and later arrested.
LiAngelo Ball, brother of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, and second-oldest son of LaVar Ball, was among the three UCLA basketball players arrested in China and questioned about an alleged shoplifting incident, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
Ball was in China with the Bruins as the team prepared to open the NCAA basketball season against Georgia Tech on Friday in Shanghai.
Ball, along with UCLA teammates and fellow freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were reportedly questioned about a theft at a Louis Vuitton store located next to the team’s hotel.
UCLA released a statement on the incident, saying “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.”
Three players from Georgia Tech were also questioned by police regarding the matter, but were later cleared of any wrongdoing, according to the school.
“During the questioning, it was determined that Georgia Tech student-athletes were not involved in the activities being investigated,” Georgia Tech said in the statement. “They have resumed their scheduled activities in advance of Saturday’s season opener versus UCLA in Shanghai.”