UCLA Men’s Basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who were arrested for allegedly shoplifting sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store in China, have been released on bail, according to ESPN’s Arash Markezi. The trio is now staying at a hotel in Hangzhou with a UCLA representative, who was not identified. They are being required to remain at the hotel until the legal process is over, according to the report.
Markezi quotes a unnamed source:
The players were treated with the utmost respect, kindness and professionalism at all times by the Hangzhou police. The players questioned were respectful at all times. None of this was confrontational.
Markezi also reports that, while the players were in custody, “UCLA representatives, including coach Steve Alford, were at the police station along with the players.”
Alford rejoined the team in Shanghai, which is about two hours away from Hangzhou, after the players were released from custody.
Here are Markezi’s tweets about the story since last night.
Ball, Riley and Hill are being required by Hangzhou police to remain at their hotel until the legal process is over, which could take days, weeks or even months. The hope is obviously sooner rather than later.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 8, 2017
So they can not join the rest of the team in Shanghai and they can not return home just yet. They can go wherever they want within the hotel and people can go see them but they can not leave the property until the legal process is over.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 8, 2017
UPDATE (5:24 pm PT): The Pac-12 Networks has posted this video clip of Steve Alford stating that the three freshmen who were arrested will not play in the Georgia Tech game.
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Arash Markazi, who has had the best info because he is actually in Shanghai, posted his first update to Twitter since early this morning.
UPDATE: LaVar Ball and LaMelo Ball are still at the team hotel in Shanghai. They will be at a Big Baller Brand pop-up shop opening on Friday and the UCLA-Georgia Tech game on Saturday; both in Shanghai. LiAngelo Ball is still in Hangzhou.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 9, 2017
More as the story continues to develop....