Ball, Riley and Hill were taken to the police station in Hangzhou, where they were kept for a number of hours, according to ESPN.
Big deal or no, police reportedly have surveillance footage of the three players shoplifting from three different high-end retailers at a shopping area adjacent to the Hyatt Regency in Hangzhou, where the team was staying.
Lonzo Ball says he has not yet spoken to his family, including his brother, UCLA freshman LiAngelo Ball, who was released on bail in Hangzhou, China, after being arrested for allegedly shoplifting Tuesday afternoon.
Ball, Riley and Hill were questioned about stealing from a Louis Vuitton store during the team's visit to Hangzhou, home of the game's sponsor, e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. It was not made clear, however, how long that would take. "There are two sides to every story", one student said. 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.
"I haven't talked to him yet", Lonzo Ball said after his Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics.
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Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott has said UCLA is cooperating with local authorities after the basketball players were "involved in a situation" in China, with police being summoned to the team's hotel to investigate the matter.
China has a history of deporting foreigners suspected of having committed relatively minor offenses without going through the whole process. Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China's Foreign Ministry, said the case had been reported to United States authorities.
In Beijing on Thursday, Trump met Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss trade, North Korea and a range of other topics.
"He'll be fine. He'll be fine", LaVar told ESPN while referring to his son.
Lonzo Ball said the situation was not a distraction for him as he prepares to play Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics in his 11th game as a pro.
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