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Lonzo Ball keeps quiet on brother LiAngelo after shoplifting incident with UCLA players in China

Los Angeles Lakers star responds to questions following NBA defeat by Boston Celtics

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 November, 2017, 3:12pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 November, 2017, 3:16pm

Lonzo Ball says he has not spoken with his younger brother LiAngelo since he and two other UCLA basketball players were reportedly involved in a shoplifting incident in China.

“I haven’t talked to him yet,” Lonzo Ball said after his Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics. “Whenever I talk to him, I’ll find out more.”

Larry Scott, commissioner of the Pac-12 Conference in which UCLA play at collegiate level, issued a statement saying UCLA basketball players were “involved in a situation” in China, with police being summoned to the team’s hotel to investigate the matter.

“UCLA is cooperating fully with local authorities,” Scott said.

Citing a person close to the situation, the Los Angeles Times reported Ball was involved in a shoplifting incident along with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill.

Lonzo Ball starred at UCLA last season and is now a rookie with the Lakers. His father, LaVar Ball, is also in China and told ESPN he was “going to wait until I get more intel on what’s going on” before commenting.

UCLA coach Steve Alford said he will leave the three players out for this weekend’s game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.

Police in Hangzhou did not respond to telephone calls for details.

Scott did not elaborate on what occurred and said the league was directing all inquiries about the specifics of the matter to UCLA.