UCLA play­ers fac­ing pun­ish­ment af­ter China shoplift­ing in­ci­dent

Manteca Bulletin - - Local / State -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — Three UCLA bas­ket­ball play­ers de­tained in China on sus­pi­cion of shoplift­ing re­turned home, where they may be dis­ci­plined by the school as a re­sult of the in­ter­na­tional scan­dal.

Fresh­men LiAn­gelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Ri­ley ar­rived at Los An­ge­les In­ter­na­tional Air­port late Tues­day af­ter­noon af­ter a 12-hour flight from Shang­hai. They ig­nored re­porters’ shouted ques­tions while mak­ing their way through a horde of me­dia out­side and get­ting into a van that took off from the de­par­ture level.

Pac-12 Com­mis­sioner Larry Scott said the mat­ter “has been re­solved to the sat­is­fac­tion of the Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties.”

The play­ers were de­tained in Hangzhou for ques­tion­ing fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of shoplift­ing last week be­fore the 23rd-ranked Bruins beat Ge­or­gia Tech in their sea­sonopen­ing game in Shang­hai as part of the Pac-12 China game. The rest of the UCLA team re­turned home last Satur­day.

A per­son with knowl­edge of the Pac-12’s de­ci­sion said any dis­ci­pline in­volv­ing the trio would be up to UCLA. The per­son spoke to The Associated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the con­fer­ence doesn’t plan any sanc­tions.

UCLA Chan­cel­lor Gene Block said the school is weigh­ing its op­tions.

“I want to be clear that we take se­ri­ously any vi­o­la­tions of the law,” he said in a state­ment. “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. Such pro­ceed­ings are con­fi­den­tial, which lim­its the spe­cific in­for­ma­tion that can be shared.”

There was no im­me­di­ate word on the trio’s sta­tus for the team’s home opener Wed­nes­day night against Cen­tral Arkansas.

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