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