Ball is the middle son of celebrity basketball dad LaVar Ball, who has earned celebrity with his bombastic speech and polarizing personality.
Fortunately for the players, Chinese officials uncharacteristically moved quickly and released all three on bail.
Georgia Tech players were finally allowed to leave the room hours later, while the three UCLA players were seen getting into a police vehicle around 1 p.m. local time.
Alford said that the neither Ball, Riley nor Hill would be allowed to play in the seasoning opening game against Georgia Tech. Taking some items from a shop in China is not very Big Baller.
In a statement issued Tuesday night by Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said the three freshmen were "involved in a situation" in which police were summoned to the team hotel.
UCLA said it is "cooperating fully" with local authorities.
The police arrived early Tuesday morning at the Hyatt Regency in Hangzhou, where both UCLA and Georgia Tech were staying, and questioned three players from both teams. "We will continue to closely monitor the situation".
Video captured by ESPN shows Ball's father, LaVar - who is traveling with the team in Shanghai - downplaying the severity of the situation. They say almost 20 Chinese police officers spoke with a number of players Tuesday, keeping them in a room for hours.
Asked if he was anxious about LiAngelo, LaVar said, "He'll be fine". "Everybody making it a big deal".
Now, an unidentified lawyer versed in Chinese law told Yahoo Sports that if standard practices are applied, the players could spend three to 10 years in prison if convicted, adding that it would take much effort from the USA government to have them released from detention or their charges relaxed. Georgia Tech also released a statement regarding the matter, "During the questioning, it was determined that Georgia Tech student-athletes were not involved in the activities being investigated", the statement read.
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