House arrest likely punishment for arrested UCLA players

Nov 09, 2017
Eric Risberg/AP
In this Oct. 12, 2017, file photo, UCLA coach Steve Alford listens to questions during the Pac-12's NCAA college basketball media day, in San Francisco. Alford will sit the three players involved in a shoplifting incident in China for Saturday's game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. Alford, however, declined to address the issue further. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

There is a strong likelihood that the three UCLA basketball players arrested Tuesday for shoplifting in Hangzhou, China, will face 20 days of house arrest and then not be permitted to visit the country again, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The three players, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, could serve the punishment at the hotel where the UCLA and Georgia Tech teams stayed in Hangzhou, the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou.

The three were arrested for reportedly shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store next to the hotel.

UCLA plays Georgia Tech on Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.) in Shanghai. UCLA has already determined that the Ball, Hill and Riley will not play in the game.

A UCLA spokesman did not confirm or deny the information, referring to the school’s statement that it was cooperating with local authorities.

Since the arrest on Tuesday, the players have already been released on bail and had returned to the hotel, according to an ESPN report.