House arrest likely punishment for arrested UCLA players

Kyle Kuzma Lakers

House arrest likely punishment for arrested UCLA players

Ball, Hill and Riley could serve the punishment at the Hyatt Regency, where UCLA stayed in Hangzhou, Sugiura reported.

Other reports share that the players could get 20 days of house arrest (in their luxury hotel) and ordered not to return to the country.

Larry Scott, commissioner of the Pac-12 Conference in which UCLA play at collegiate level, issued a statement saying UCLA basketball players were "involved in a situation" in China, with police being summoned to the team's hotel to investigate the matter. Ball and his team are now in the Asian country to play a preseason game against Georgia Tech scheduled on Friday.

Chinese authorities are investigating three Americans following media reports that three UCLA freshmen were arrested for shoplifting ahead of their basketball game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.

One such former pro is Devean George, who played in the National Basketball Association for 11 seasons, seven of those with the Los Angeles Lakers, who gave his reaction to Ball's situation.

Lonzo Ball said he has not spoken to his brother or his father, LaVar.

Chinese foreign ministry officials previously said that the Chinese government had reported the incident to United States officials.

In a statement to PEOPLE, UCLA said, "We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China".

"We are very disappointed by any situation that detracts from the positive student-athlete educational and cultural experience that this week is about", Scott said.

The three players were reportedly arrested on Tuesday after allegedly shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store.

Ball's dad, LaVar Ball, seemed unbothered and not at all anxious.

Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, as quiet as he is, has become a central figure in the attention-generating Ball Family hype machine run by LaVar Ball.

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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