UCLA basketball team questioned by police in China

Feb 5 2017 Rancho Cucamonga CA USA Chino Hills guard Li Angelo Ball against the Rancho Cucamonga Cougars at Rancho Cucamonga High School. Mandatory Credit Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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"He'll be fine. He'll be fine", LaVar Ball told a reporter.

They have their own online reality show, Ball in the Family, and sneaker line called Big Baller Brand. "They will rejoin the team on Tuesday and resume their scheduled activities in advance of Saturday's season opener vs. UCLA in Shanghai". The Pac-12 commissioner acknowledged the players were involved in a situation and are cooperating with authorities.

A US State Department official told AFP: "We are aware of reports of three US citizens arrested in China and stand ready to assist".

"The University came out with a statement, so I won't have any further comment on this other than in answering that question - those individuals won't play on Saturday", Alford said Wednesday in Shanghai.

Ball, Riley and Hill were arrested for allegedly shoplifting Tuesday at a Louis Vitton store near UCLA's team hotel in Hangzhou and spent "several hours" at the Hangzhou police station before being released, per Markazi. They say almost 20 Chinese police officers spoke with a number of players Tuesday, keeping them in a room for hours. Ball previously told ESPN that he was planning on traveling to China for the game, but it is unknown whether he is there.

"It'll be fine, it'll be fine". "Everybody making it a big deal". "It could be days, it could be weeks it could be months, theoretically speaking even years until they are allowed to leave China".

LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo Ball, his wife, Tina, and their youngest son, LaMelo, had breakfast in Shanghai with the team on Wednesday, according to ESPN, which also reported that LaVar Ball canceled a planned meeting with the media over legal concerns before commenting on LiAngelo's situation.

Ball averaged 33.8 points as a senior at Chino Hills High School. And now it's happening and they're shocked!

"I got nothing yet", he said. "We stand ready to provide appropriate consular assistance for USA citizens".

The police arrived early Tuesday morning at the Hyatt Regency in Hangzhou, where both UCLA and Georgia Tech were staying, and questioned three players from both teams.

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