The UCLA basketball team is visiting China for its season opener against Georgia Tech, which will take place Saturday at Shanghai's Baoshan Arena.
In a video posted Wednesday on Twitter by ESPN writer Arash Markazi, LaVar Ball said his son LiAngelo would be fine. 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.
The Chinese government reported the incident to USA officials, Chinese foreign ministry officials previously said.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said the conference was directing specific questions about what transpired to UCLA.
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Citing a person close to the situation, the Los Angeles Times reported that freshmen Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were involved in a shoplifting incident. According to Chinese lawyers who spoke with Yahoo Sports, the players could face 3-10 years for shoplifting under Chinese law.
"We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China", UCLA Athletics said in a statement. "Whether in the United States or overseas, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards", he added.
The arrests came a day before President Donald Trump arrived in China during his tour of Asia. "We stand ready to provide appropriate consular assistance for U.S. citizens".
The fact that LiAngelo is part of the new first family of basketball has added attention to the case. Lonzo Ball was selected second overall by the Lakers in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft and is seen as a building block for the team's future.
Van Gundy's contempt was seemingly more at the situation itself, than any one entity in particular, but was specifically outraged that the players would be taking an overseas trip and miss a bunch of class time.