LiAngelo Ball, two other UCLA players released on bail after shoplifting arrest in China

UCLA faces the embarrassing prospect of opening its season without three freshman players who have been benched after being released on bail following an alleged shoplifting incident in China.

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill will not play when the Bruins open the season against Georgia Tech at 11:30 p.m. Eastern time Friday in Shanghai, their coach announced Wednesday. ESPN, which will carry the game, first reported the news.

Details surrounding the arrests remain unclear, but Coach Steve Alford announced that he would not be using the players. “The university came out with a statement, so I won’t have any further comment on this other than in answering that question — those individuals won’t play on Saturday,” Alford said (via the Associated Press). In a statement, the university said it was cooperating fully with the investigation.

A State Department official told The Washington Post in an email that it is “aware of reports of three U.S. citizens arrested in China and subsequently released on bail in China. We stand ready to provide appropriate consular assistance for U.S. citizens. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment.‎”

ESPN, citing an unnamed source, reported that police came to the team hotel in the city of Hangzhou

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Report: LiAngelo Ball, other players arrested have to stay in China for ‘a week or two’

The three UCLA basketball players arrested on shoplifting charges Tuesday — LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley — will not be on the team’s flight back to Los Angeles following UCLA’s season-opening win over Georgia Tech on Saturday. Instead, according to ESPN, they will remain in Hangzhou for “a week or two” longer.

Ball, Riley and Hill were questioned for allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near the team’s hotel in Hangzhou earlier this week, where the team stayed before leaving for Shanghai on Tuesday. They were arrested Tuesday and released on bail early Wednesday morning, however they’ve been staying at a lakeside hotel since as the legal process continues to play itself out, forcing them to miss Friday night’s season-opener.

To pile on to the precarious situation, ESPN also reports that the Louis Vuitton theft isn’t the only store the trio got sticky fingers.

A source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation said the players could be in Hangzhou for “a week or two.” The source noted that there is surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three stores inside of a high-end shopping center, which houses Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent

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LiAngelo Ball, 2 other UCLA players reportedly arrested in China

– UCLA officials said Tuesday that the university is cooperating with law enforcement officials in China, where members of the men’s basketball team were involved in an unspecified police investigation.

ESPN, citing unnamed sources, reported that three UCLA players were arrested on suspicion of shoplifting. According to ESPN, one of the players involved is LiAngelo Ball, younger brother of former Bruin and current Los Angeles Laker Lonzo Ball.

The UCLA team is in China preparing for its Friday season opener against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.

“We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China,” according to a statement from UCLA Athletics. “The university is cooperating fully with local authorities on this matter, and we have no further comment at this time.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Chinese authorities responded Tuesday morning to the hotel where UCLA and Georgia Tech players were staying in Hangzhou. Georgia Tech issued a statement saying three of its players were questioned by authorities but cleared of any wrongdoing.

According to ESPN, the UCLA players arrested were Ball and fellow freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill.

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Former MATA CEO Ron Garrison arrested in prostitution sting with 41 other people



MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Ron Garrison, the now former CEO of MATA, was arrested during a three day TBI prostitution sting in Memphis.

Garrison was arrested for seeking sex from an adult prostitute.

A total of 42 people were arrested during “Operation Someone Like Me.”

Ads were posted online and for sex with prostitutes and received more than 500 responses.

Eight people were seeking sex with minors, two wanted sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Agents answered ads and two juvenile trafficking victims were recovered.

ICE is helping with the investigation as several people were in the country illegally.

Garrison first said Thursday he was resigning due to health reasons.

He had been the CEO since 2014.

MATA released the following statement:

As it relates to today’s announcement from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation regarding former MATA CEO Ron Garrison, this has in no way diminishes the contributions of Mr. Garrison at MATA during his tenure over the last few years. MATA and its Board of Commissioners wishes him well in his future endeavors. But, our top priority as an organization is to remain committed to the number one task at hand and

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