"They should not be able to play this year". He indicated that UCLA made "significant efforts" on behalf of its three players. Los Angeles Lakers rookie and big bro Lonzo also did not have much involvement on the issue and, per instructions of his team and family, focused more instead on fixing his early-season struggles with the 16-time National Basketball Association champion franchise. It had initially be reported that the players were suspected of stealing sunglasses from Louis Vuitton.
A source familiar with the investigation told ESPN that the players could be required to stay in china for up to two weeks. Citing his grandfather's firsthand, frustrating experience with the Chinese legal system, Wang wrote that UCLA "should suspend the three players for the entire year and possibly more".
The team's trip to China would show how sport "can play a role to improve the world by having peaceful, friendly exchanges between people", Commissioner Scott had said prior to the incident.
Ball, Hill and Riley were released on bail last week, after getting arrested over allegations of shoplifting, NPR reported. Alford said that during the suspension, which is indefinite because the school is now going through its legal process with the three students, they will not participate in basketball workouts or practices, will not travel with the team and will not dress for home games.
According to the president's chief of staff John Kelly, Trump called China's president Xi Jinping to expedite the "knuckleheads'" case.
"President Xi has been terrific on that subject", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One, bound for Honolulu. "That was not something that should have happened". The President followed up by pointing out that these players could have gone to jail for a very long time.
There was no immediate indication on whether the players will face any punishment from the team or the university.
"I want to be clear that we take seriously any violations of the law", he said. UCLA's next game is Wednesday against Central Arkansas.
"I am sad, disappointed and embarrassed", Walton said.
Ball is a member of the high-profile Ball family.
The elder Ball has become a media personality by aggressively promoting his sons as future National Basketball Association superstars and had travelled to China on the trip to promote his Big Baller Brand shoe and apparel line.