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Off the ball: LiAngelo apologises for China shoplifting incident in new episode of family’s reality show

Youngest Ball brothers arrived in Lithuania ahead of making their professional debuts in series of Big Baller Brand Challenge exhibition games

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 January, 2018, 2:21pm
UPDATED : Monday, 08 January, 2018, 2:42pm

Future NBA star LiAngelo Ball has spoken about his experience being detained for shoplifting in China on the latest episode of the family web series Ball In The Family screened on Facebook.

The 19-year-old, the middle son of LaVar Ball and younger brother of LA Laker Lonzo, was one of three UCLA men’s basketball players arrested for shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store while in Hangzhou as part of the side’s China tour in November.

LiAngelo, who admits that he “f****d up” and let his family down, reveals that he wrote a letter of apology and was asked to read it to camera by police before his release.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding LiAngelo, who was rumoured to be facing up to 10 years in prison at the time, the episode shows that it was business as usual for father LaVar and youngest son LaMelo as they continued with their Big Baller Brand pop-up shops in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

LiAngelo and 16-year-old LaMelo recently signed for Lithuanian side Vytautas Prienai to gain experience of professional basketball, although they are yet to make their debuts in European basketball.

They were expected to watch their teammates in action on Saturday but did not attend the game because their side’s opponents refused to allow the reality show’s cameras to film.

LaVar is quoted as saying that he expects his three sons to be playing together in the NBA at the Los Angeles Lakers by 2020.

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ESPN reports that the brothers will play their first game in Lithuania on January 9 as part of a series of Big Baller Brand Challenge exhibition games set up by LaVar, which the team have pulled out of the national league to play.

While the Ball brothers may not have lit up the court in Lithuania, LiAngelo has already made an impression – he was asked out on a date by a reporter at their first press conference.