They were released on bail after being questioned about the alleged crime but continued to remain in their hotel as authorities continued the investigation. They were detained in China before their annual season-opening Pacific-12 game against Georgia Tech in Hangzhou last week, KCBS reported, citing the university. During the questioning, Ball, Hill and Riley were accompanied by interpreters and UCLA team representatives, according to ESPN.
The teammates' return pretty much is a best-case scenario for Ball and Co., who were arrested last Tuesday for allegedly shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou last week.
They've since been released from custody, however, the trio remains in Hangzhou as the legal process continues to play out, while the rest of the team has already flown back to the United States.
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It has now been kicked up a notch as President Donald Trump has gotten himself in the matter. "Both Athletics and the Office of Student Conduct will review this incident and guide any action with respect to the involved students".
Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley arrived at Los Angeles International Airport late Tuesday afternoon after a 12-hour flight from Shanghai. "Such proceedings are confidential, which limits the specific information that can be shared".
The world is watching the events unfold in China with interest, and speculation over what may happen to them includes everything from a slap on the wrist to 10 years in prison.
According to Arash Markazi of ESPN, the three players will have to stay in China for another week or two while this matter gets resolved by Chinese authorities. UCLA is one of the top basketball programs in the country, and the Ball family has become well known in the sports world, including LiAngelo's outspoken father, LaVar Ball.