UCLA suspends 3 basketball players arrested for shoplifting in China

LiAngelo Ball, along with fellow UCLA freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, is being required by Hangzhou police to remain at the hotel he had been staying at until the legal process is over, a source told ESPN. Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire

Three UCLA men’s basketball players arrested on shoplifting charges in China were suspended from their team on Wednesday. “They’re going to have to regain the trust of this athletic department,” said head coach Steve Alford at a press conference at the university on Wednesday. Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill were accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store by the team’s hotel in Hangzhou. They did not leave with the team on a flight back to Los Angeles after UCLA’s season-opening 63-60 win against Georgia Tech in Shanghai over the weekend. They were released on bail early Wednesday. The players publicly apologized and thanked President Trump, who brought up their case in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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