The NCAA has been trying to expand college sports to other parts of the world, largely to help build a fan base from which colleges can recruit players from. The UCLA Bruins and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets traveled to Hangzhou, China where they played their first game of the 2017-18 college basketball season. UCLA won 63-60 and the teams returned to the US, at least most of them did.
Three freshmen players for UCLA were arrested by local police in Hangzhou for shoplifting from three high-end retail stores, including a Louis Vuitton store. The players were filmed by security cameras as they stole merchandise.
One of the players, LiAngelo Ball is the younger brother of Lonzo Ball, a rookie with the Lose Angeles Lakers.
The UCLA basketball team returned to Los Angeles from China on Saturday without three players who were arrested on shoplifting charges during the overseas trip.
Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley remained in Hangzhou, China, while the rest of the team returned home.
Ball is the brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.
Earlier Saturday, the No. 21-ranked UCLA squad won its season-opening game 63-60 over Georgia Tech in Shanghai.
The three players were questioned by police about allegedly stealing from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou, which the Bruins visited before traveling to Shanghai…
It’s stupid to shoplift in the beginning, but after seeing what happened to Otto Warmbier in North Korea and other Americans in other countries, these college kids are more than stupid to do what they did. Not only could they spend years in a Chinese jail, but it may just end their athletic careers and it reflects on everyone else from the United States.