Lavar Ball, the outspoken father of the Ball brothers, stated that the shoplifting situation "ain't that big of a deal" and that LiAngelo "will be fine".
Earlier this week, LaVar told reporters that the situation "ain't that big a deal," but has been uncharacteristically quiet since. UCLA is in China for their season opener Friday against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.
Ball, the younger brother of National Basketball Association rookie Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers, declined to comment when reached by phone at his hotel on Wednesday. Chinese authorities have up to 37 days before deciding whether to obtain official approval for an arrest, said Margaret K. Lewis, a Seton Hall professor of law specializing in the Chinese legal system.
Three UCLA basketball players can not leave their Chinese hotel after being arrested for allegedly shoplifting.
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Thursday that the case was in the hands of local police.
Scott did not elaborate on what occurred and said the league was directing all inquiries about the specifics of the matter to UCLA.
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One such former pro is Devean George, who played in the National Basketball Association for 11 seasons, seven of those with the Los Angeles Lakers, who gave his reaction to Ball's situation.
If convicted of grand larceny, the players could face a prison sentence of between three and 10 years, according to Chinese criminal law.
Van Gundy said. "Missing all that school, and then force-feeding their fans the idea of 'student-athletes.' If it's such a cultural excursion, what is UCLA doing in the Louis Vuitton sunglass section?"
UCLA Coach Steve Alford has confirmed that the three players will not play in Friday's game.
Ball's dad, LaVar Ball, seemed unbothered and not at all anxious.
Lavar also predicted all his sons will eventually play for the Lakers. Lonzo Ball was selected second overall by the Lakers in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft and is seen as a building block for the team's future. They will not play against the Yellow Jackets.