Back to America

by JACK STANARD

On Tuesday, November 7th, three UCLA freshmen basketball players were arrested in China for shoplifting. The freshmen were Cody Riley, Jalen Hill, and, most famously, LiAngelo Ball. LiAngelo Ball has faced the most criticism for his actions due to the fact that he in the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers’ point guard Lonzo Ball. The players were suspended for their first game against Georgia Tech. The University has not announced what further disciplinary actions will be taken upon the players.

The players were questioned last week about allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou where the Bruins had been staying before leaving for Shanghai to face Georgia Tech on Friday. They were released on bail early November 8th and had been staying at a lakeside hotel in Hangzhou prior to flying home late on the 14th of November.

President Donald Trump, who returned late Tuesday from a trip through Asia, said he raised their case with President Xi Jinping of China during a visit to Beijing last week. However, even though that the players are now home, it is not yet clear what the players were charged with or what penalty they faced in China. But a felony conviction related to the value of the items that they allegedly took could have resulted in a prison sentence of five to 10 years.