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UCLA players arrested in China still waiting for official investigation

UCLA players arrested in China still waiting for official investigation

UCLA has already determined that the Ball, Hill and Riley will not play in the game.

Eldest brother Lonzo joined the Lakers this year after just one season with UCLA, while youngest brother LaMelo Ball is still in high school but also on the radar as a future pro.

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill were taken into custody on Tuesday after around 20 police officers arrived at the Hyatt Hangzhou hotel and searched the team's bus, ESPN reported. They were interrogated and not allowed to be in contact with any of their coaching staff for hours, until they were finally released.

The UCLA Bruins are in China for its season-opener against Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday, Nov. 11 in Shanghai.

A U.S. State Department official said the department was aware of reports of three American citizens arrested in China and stood ready to provide assistance but had no further comment due to privacy considerations.

The sources said police had released the three on condition that they remain at their luxury hotel in Hangzhou while the legal process plays out.

Larry Scott, commissioner of the Pacific 12 Conference, of which UCLA is a member, said in a statement that the student-athletes "were involved in a situation" and were cooperating with local authorities.

Ball's dad, LaVar Ball, seemed unbothered and not at all anxious.

The UCLA team was in Hangzhou to visit the headquarters of Alibaba, the e-commerce giant which is sponsoring Friday's game.

"Whether in the United States or overseas, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards", it said. "He'll be fine. Everyone's making it a big deal".

LiAngelo Ball and his two UCLA teammates accused of shoplifting in China will reportedly avoid the worst punishment for their actions, but could still be punished for their actions.

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