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The UCLA basketball team is scheduled to open regular season play in Shanghai, China on Friday night against Georgia Tech.

ESPN, citing an unnamed source, reported that police came to the team hotel in the city of Hangzhou early Tuesday morning to apprehend the student-athletes, who were reportedly not allowed to speak to coaches.

UCLA has not commented further outside of their initial statement in regards to the matter. "The players questioned were respectful at all times". "UCLA is cooperating fully with local authorities", Scott said, in part.

The Ball family shot to fame with the rise of Lonzo at UCLA last season during his only year with the program, and then things skyrocketed to a controversial stratosphere when father LaVar made a name for himself with his brash comments on a consistent basis.

Georgia Tech: "We are aware of the matter involving UCLA student-athletes and we are gathering more information". The three Georgia Tech players questioned and cleared by police include sophomore Justin Moore and freshmen Jose Alvarado and Jon Brown. "We will continue to closely monitor the situation".

Sources have indicated that the three players have admitted to committing the crime, and reports indicate the three stole sunglasses from the high-end store.

LaVar Ball said Wednesday his son LiAngelo's arrest on shoplifting charges in China "ain't that big a deal", although the elder Ball also said he's lacking "intel" about the situation.

Besides for the UCLA arrests, local Chinese police also looked into Georgia Tech players during their investigation.

LaVar Ball is frequently criticised in the U.S. over his brash claims, and Twitter users wasted little time taking shots at LiAngelo. He'll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal.

The three young men were ultimately released at around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, but were ordered by Hangzhou police to stay at the hotel until the legal process is completed, according to the report.

Georgia Tech players Justin Moore, Jose Alvarado and Jon Brown were questioned but later released, according to the newspaper.


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