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Freshman LiAngelo Ball and his two rookie teammates, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, will stay in Hangzhou, China over shoplifting charges while the rest of the UCLA team already flew back to Los Angeles from Shanghai.
Alleged sources told ESPN that the three players will have to remain in the country “for a week or two.”
They already made bail on Wednesday and are holed up in a hotel in Hangzhou. They were accompanied by a representative from UCLA, the report added. Their arrest marred the victory by the Bruins over Georgia Tech on a score of 63-60, and has been a PR nightmare for NCAA.
According to the report, police already possess the CCTV footage which allegedly showed Ball, Riley and Hill shoplifting inside a luxury store, which sells brand names like Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton and Gucci.
On Tuesday, police questioned all players at the Hyatt Regency, where both UCLA and Georgia Tech teams were staying. The three men were then hauled to the nearest police station and booked.
If the three UCLA players will be convicted, they will likely put on house arrest, wrote Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He claimed that they would likely be detained for 20 days before being deported. They will also be banned from visiting China ever again.
In a statement, LaVar Ball said they are already preparing for months of intense legal battle.
“Ball, Riley and Hill are being required by Hangzhou police to remain at their hotel until the legal process is over, which could take days, weeks or even months,” the statement said. “The hope is obviously sooner rather than later.”
A spokesperson at the China’s Foreign Ministry, Hua Chunying, said they already informed their US counterparts about the situation. She also assured that the Chinese government will handle the case according to its own laws.