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LiAngelo Ball, UCLA Players Likely to Be Placed on House Arrest

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LiAngelo Ball, two other UCLA players released after arrest in China

From left to right, UCLA basketball players Jalen Hill, LiAngelo Ball and Cody Riley are seen in photos provided by the university. He also added that it could cause a distraction for his older brother, Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, in his coming games.

Three UCLA men's basketball players arrested in China on suspicion of shoplifting a day before US President Donald Trump's visit, have been confined to their hotel, pending legal proceedings.

UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball Jalen Hill and Cody Riley will likely face house arrest for shoplifting at a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. They were interrogated and not allowed to be in contact with any of their coaching staff for hours, until they were finally released.

A US State Department official said the department was aware of reports that three American citizens were arrested in China and stood ready to provide assistance, but had no further comment due to privacy concerns. The players were released around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning and were staying at a luxury hotel in Hangzhou along with a UCLA representative, according to a source.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said the conference was directing specifics about what transpired to UCLA. UCLA went through practice Wednesday before visiting Shanghai Disneyland. "Whether in the United States or overseas, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards", he added.

LiAngelo Ball is one of three basketball-playing siblings who have emerged on the national stage in the U.S. in recent years, fuelled in part by father LaVar's aggressive promotion of his sons as future superstars.

LaVar Ball, the father of the Ball athlete family, isn't anxious.

LiAngelo Ball, a freshman, is the middle child of LaVar and Tina Ball.

The players will not play in Saturday's game against Georgia Tech, UCLA Athletics spokeswoman Shana Wilson said.

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