On Tuesday, LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were reportedly arrested for shoplifting in China. The teammates, who were in the country for an exhibition match, allegedly stole sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store.
It was confirmed that LiAngelo, Cody, and Riley were released on bail the following day, but they have to stay at a hotel in Hangzhou the course of the legal proceeding.
Despite the odds of a resolution being in their favor, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott is "disappointed by any situation that detracts from the positive student-athlete educational and cultural experience that this week is about."
LaVar, who is in Shanghai with his family, was supposed to address the media regarding the issue but had withdrawn "due to the legal nature of the matter," as per legal counsel's advice.
ESPN reporter Arash Markazi was able to get an ambush interview with him—suddenly, the usually loquacious father was a man of a few words. Asked if he has concerns about LiAngelo, LaVar replied, "He'll be fine. Everyone's making it a big deal. It ain't that big a deal."
Shortly after, LaVar released this official statement: "It is a very unfortunate situation that the Ball Family, and UCLA has to deal with at this particular time. We will comment shortly."