The three USA college basketball players were questioned about allegedly stealing from a Louis Vuitton store during UCLA's visit to Hangzhou. This marks the third consecutive year that a team from the Pac-12 Conference, to which UCLA belongs, will play a regular season game on Chinese soil.
The Hyatt Hangzhou, where UCLA and Georgia Tech players are reportedly staying ahead of Friday's season opener.
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.
ESPN shares that the players will not be allowed to leave the hotel in Hangzhou until the legal process is over.
The three UCLA basketball players questioned over shoplifting allegations in Hangzhou, China, could face a lengthy legal limbo depending on the actions of authorities handling their case, an expert in Chinese law said Wednesday.
"There is a lot of uncertainty around how long they will need to be in that position before there's some update on the situation", the source added.
If the three are arrested, an investigation could take up to two additional months before prosecutors bring formal charges.
LaVar Ball; his wife, Tina; and LaMelo Ball were having breakfast with the UCLA team in Shanghai on Wednesday morning.
In a statement to PEOPLE, UCLA said, "We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China".
Chinese foreign ministry officials previously said that the Chinese government had reported the incident to United States officials.
President Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Thursday to discuss trade, North Korea and a range of other topics.
The players will not play in Saturday's game against Georgia Tech, UCLA Athletics spokeswoman Shana Wilson said.
LiAngelo Ball is one of three basketball-playing siblings who have emerged on the national stage in the USA in recent years, fuelled in part by father LaVar's aggressive promotion of his sons as future superstars.
LiAngelo Ball (left) and Jalen Hill spending their first day in China on Monday.