LiAngelo Ball's punishment could be 20 days in luxury hotel

LiAngelo Ball's punishment could be 20 days in luxury hotel

Ball, the brother of Lakers' star rookie Lonzo Ball, and fellow UCLA freshman were arrested on shoplifting charges early Tuesday morning in Hangzhou, China. The others could not be reached. While the three UCLA team members in question won't suit up for Saturday's game against the Yellow Jackets in Shanghai, UCLA head coach Steve Alford.

According to ESPN, LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill are not allowed to leave their hotel room until the end of the legal proceedings against them.

The three were arrested for reportedly shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton next to the hotel.

Margaret Lewis, a law professor at Seton Hall University in New Jersey who researches China's legal system, tells the Los Angeles Times, Chinese authorities have up to 37 days to decide whether to pursue official approval for a formal arrest.

Afterward, Ball, Riley and Hill were taken to the police station in Hangzhou, where they were kept for a number of hours. That process could take months, during which time, the three players will remain at the Hangzhou hotel.

Ball's dad, LaVar Ball, seemed unbothered and not at all anxious. Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China's Foreign Ministry, said the case had been reported to United States authorities.

A U.S. State Department official said the department was aware of reports of three American citizens arrested in China and stood ready to provide assistance but had no further comment due to privacy considerations. On Wednesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping began Trump's visit to the country by taking him on a tour of the Forbidden City.

In a video posted Wednesday on Twitter by ESPN writer Arash Markazi, LaVar Ball, the father of detainee LiAngelo Ball, said his son would be fine.

LaVar, Tina and LaMelo Ball went to China to watch LiAngelo play his first game as a Bruin and promote the opening of a Big Baller Brand pop-up shop in Shanghai.

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