Lonzo Ball: I'll let family take care of LiAngelo's arrest in China

Lonzo Ball: I'll let family take care of LiAngelo's arrest in China

Lonzo Ball: I'll let family take care of LiAngelo's arrest in China

ESPN, citing a source with firsthand knowledge, reported Wednesday that LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were released on bail after being questioned about stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near the team hotel.

As The Washington Post reports, LiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers' Lonzo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill are still being held in a Chinese luxury hotel after they were arrested this week.

Responding to a Yahoo Sports report that said the UCLA players face three to 10 years in prison, Jerome Cohen, the New York University U.S. -Asia Law Institute's faculty director, told USA TODAY Sports that such a predicament is "extremely unlikely."

The rest of the team has moved from Hangzhou to Shanghai and UCLA coach Steve Alford has said he will sit the three players for the game against Georgia Tech.

He told the newspaper the three players would not be playing in Friday night's game.

"I'm just trying to focus on the game", Ball said when asked for his thoughts on hearing about the situation. Chinese authorities have up to 37 days before deciding whether to obtain official approval for an arrest, said Margaret K. Lewis, a Seton Hall professor of law specializing in the Chinese legal system.

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Lonzo Ball said he has not spoken to his brother or his father, LaVar. As he was leaving the hotel, LaVar Ball downplayed LiAngelo'a arrest, telling ESPN: "He'll be fine". "Whether in the United States or overseas, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards".

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

Asked if he was anxious about LiAngelo, LaVar said, "He'll be fine".

LaVar Ball, his wife Tina and son LaMelo had breakfast with the UCLA team in Shanghai on Wednesday morning. He'll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal.

"I know they are all over there in China taking care of it, so I will talk to them when they get back", Ball said. "It ain't that big a deal".

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