LiAngelo Ball, UCLA Teammates Likely to Be Sentenced to House Arrest

Posted November 10, 2017

Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill are back at the hotel required by authorities to stay there while the investigation plays out.

LiAngelo Ball is the younger brother of Lonzo, who starred at UCLA last season before being the No. 2 overall NBA Draft pick by the Lakers.

Earlier this week, LaVar told reporters that the situation "ain't that big a deal," but has been uncharacteristically quiet since.

The UCLA basketball team is visiting China for its season opener against Georgia Tech, which will take place Saturday at Shanghai's Baoshan Arena.

Margaret Lewis, a law professor at Seton Hall University in New Jersey who researches China's legal system, tells the Los Angeles Times, Chinese authorities have up to 37 days to decide whether to pursue official approval for a formal arrest.

The Chinese government reported the incident to USA officials, Chinese foreign ministry officials previously said.

Scott did not elaborate on what occurred and said the league was directing all inquiries about the specifics of the matter to UCLA.

Correction: A previous version of this story said Ball and three others had been arrested, when a total of three players had been arrested. The situation had been murky given the strictness of Chinese laws with some originally suggesting the trio could spend three to 10 years in prison. We are very disappointed by any situation that detracts from the positive student-athlete educational and cultural experience that this week is about.

News of the incident broke as US President Donald Trump landed in China, part of a trip to five Asian nations. "We stand ready to provide appropriate consular assistance for United States citizens".

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

Asked if he was anxious about LiAngelo, LaVar said, "He'll be fine". Their youngest son, LaMelo Ball, is in high school.

Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, as quiet as he is, has become a central figure in the attention-generating Ball Family hype machine run by LaVar Ball.