The players were released on bail Wednesday morning in Hangzhou, China, and reportedly did not accompany the team back to Los Angeles after UCLA's 63-60 victory over the Yellow Jackets. Los Angeles Lakers rookie and big bro Lonzo also did not have much involvement on the issue and, per instructions of his team and family, focused more instead on fixing his early-season struggles with the 16-time National Basketball Association champion franchise.
Ball, Riley and Hill were allowed to leave China after the situation was "resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities", said Larry Scott, commissioner of the Pac-12 athletic conference, of which UCLA is a member.
The three freshmen were part of the UCLA squad in china for a basketball game against Georgia Tech last week.
Trump personally asked the president of China to release the trio, who were held for allegedly shoplifting expensive Louis Vuitton sunglasses.
The three players are expected to speak to the media Wednesday in Los Angeles.
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Ball told reporters he had not exercised his "best judgment" and vowed never to repeat the "stupid decision" to steal, also thanking Trump, as well as the Chinese police and UCLA. "You know, you're talking about very long prison sentences", Trump said, according to CBS News. It also helps that US Chief of Staff John F. Kelly remains in personal contact with Chinese authorities and the families of the players. "They do not play games". "In this particular case, both Athletics and the Office of Student Conduct will review this incident and guide any action with respect to the involved students".
"We take seriously any violations of the law", wrote Chancellor Gene Block in an email addressed to the campus community.
The 3 UCLA players are likely to be punished by UCLA in the near future. "Such proceedings are confidential, which limits the specific information that can be shared". UCLA is one of the top basketball programs in the country, and the Ball family has become well known in the sports world, including LiAngelo's outspoken father, LaVar Ball.
Ball, Riley and Hill were taken to the police station in Hangzhou, where they were kept for a number of hours before being charged.