Three UCLA men’s basketball players were reportedly arrested in China for shoplifting only a few days before the team’s season opener Friday.
A person close to the situation confirmed an ESPN report that Bruins freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were the players involved with a police investigation in Hangzhou, China, where the team is staying.
It was not immediately clear whether those players had been detained or whether they would be allowed to play in UCLA’s game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Friday night.
“We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China,” the university said in a statement. “The University is cooperating fully with local authorities on this matter, and we have no further comment at this time.”
—Los Angeles Times