UCLA play­ers re­turned from China

Trio of al­leged shoplifters may face dis­ci­pline from univer­sity

The Mercury News - - Sports -

LOS AN­GE­LES >> The three UCLA bas­ket­ball play­ers de­tained in China on sus­pi­cion of shoplift­ing have been al­lowed to re­turn home, where they may be dis­ci­plined by the school as a re­sult of the in­ter­na­tional scan­dal.

Pac-12 com­mis­sioner Larry Scott said the mat­ter “has been re­solved to the sat­is­fac­tion of the Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties,” and fresh­men LiAn­gelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Ri­ley were back in Los An­ge­les on Tues­day.

The play­ers were de­tained in Hangzhou for ques­tion­ing fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of shoplift­ing last week be­fore the 23rdranked Bru­ins beat Ge­or­gia Tech in their sea­son-open­ing game as part of the Pac12 China game. The rest of the UCLA team re­turned home last Satur­day.

Ac­cord­ing to a source, the Pac-12 has de­cided that any dis­ci­pline in­volv­ing the trio would be up to UCLA.

“I want to be clear that we take se­ri­ously any vi­o­la­tions of the law,” UCLA Chan­cel­lor Gene Block 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 tonight’s home opener against Cen­tral Arkansas.

The school said the three play­ers, along with coach Steve Al­ford and ath­letic di­rec­tor Dan Guer­rero, will make their first pub­lic com­ments about the mat­ter at a cam­pus news con­fer­ence today, but won’t take ques­tions.

Scott thanked Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, the White House and the State Depart­ment for their ef­forts in re­solv­ing what he called “the in­ci­dent with au­thor­i­ties in Hangzhou, China.” He in­di­cated that UCLA made “sig­nif­i­cant ef­forts” on be­half of its ath­letes.

It wasn’t clear un­der what terms the play­ers were freed to re­turn to the U.S.

“We are all very pleased that these young men have been al­lowed to re­turn home to their fam­i­lies and univer­sity,” Scott said.

Trump said Tues­day he had a long con­ver­sa­tion about the three play­ers’ sta­tus with Chi­nese coun­ter­part Xi Jin­ping.

Ball, Hill and Ri­ley were ex­pected to have an im­me­di­ate im­pact as part of UCLA’s highly touted fresh­man class.

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