Source: UCLA’s Ball, Others Out on Bail in China

Published on: 8th November, 2017

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Los Angeles Lakers rookie 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.
“No, I haven’t talked to any of them yet,” Ball said after the Lakers’ shootaround on Wednesday morning. “I know they are all over there in China taking care of it, so I will talk to them when they get back.”
UCLA men’s basketball players Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill have all been released on bail after a shoplifting arrest in Hangzhou, China, a source told ESPN.
In an earlier video interview with ESPN’s Arash Markazi, though, a subdued LaVar Ball clearly looked concerned and even a little shaken despite trying to paint the picture that the situation wasn’t “that big of a deal.”
“He’ll be fine,” LaVar Ball said. “He’ll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal. It ain’t that big of a deal.”
As if Ball, who has struggled so far, as a rookie point guard with the Lakers, doesn’t have enough on his plate, with a father hovering nearby at all times, this new development cannot have come at a worse time.
Ball’s younger brother LiAngelo and freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were questioned by Chinese authorities about allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store close to the UCLA team hotel in Hangzhou, where the Bruins were staying before leaving for Shanghai on Wednesday.
Ball’s father, LaVar, and mother, Tina, and youngest brother, LaMelo, are in China for UCLA’s game against Georgia Tech. LaVar Ball released a statement on the allegations, saying “it is a very unfortunate situation that the Ball family and UCLA has to deal with at this particular time. We will comment shortly.”
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.

 

 

“I am just trying to focus on the game,” the Lakers point guard said. “I am letting my people over there handle it. I am over here taking care of business. I haven’t talked to any of them.”

 

(Published on espn.com)

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