UCLA Basketball Players Held In China After Being Accused Of Stealing Sunglasses

Lonzo Ball keeps quiet on his brother LiAngelo after shoplifting incident in China

LiAngelo Ball among three arrested in China

He also added that it could cause a distraction for his older brother, Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, in his coming games. "The University is cooperating fully with local authorities on this matter, and we have no further comment at this time".

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.

UCLA Coach Steve Alford has confirmed that the three players will not play in Friday's game.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Ball, Riley and Hill will likely serve 20 days of house arrest at the hotel for the incident and a permanent ban from re-entering the country.

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From left to right, UCLA basketball players Jalen Hill, LiAngelo Ball and Cody Riley are seen in photos provided by the university.

"Why is UCLA and Georgia Tech in China to play a basketball game?" The three players have been confined to their rooms pending the investigation.

The Chinese courts are controlled by the ruling Communist Party.

Lonzo Ball said Wednesday he has not spoken with LiAngelo since reports of the incident emerged.

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China has a history of deporting foreigners suspected of having committed relatively minor offenses without going through the whole process.

In a video posted Wednesday on Twitter by ESPN writer Arash Markazi, LaVar Ball said his son LiAngelo would be fine.

The U.S. State Department and UCLA Athletics officials declined to address how long legal proceedings might take.

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports previously reported the Bruins players could face prison sentences of between three and 10 years if "standard practices are applied" and they were convicted of the shoplifting charges. Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China's Foreign Ministry, said the case had been reported to USA authorities.

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In Beijing on Thursday, Trump met Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss trade, North Korea and a range of other topics.

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