By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
LiAngelo Ball, the brother of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball and Big Baller Brand head LaVar Ball, could be facing a lengthy prison term in China after he, along with two other teammates, decided to shoplift at a luxury store.
The UCLA Bruins freshman, along with his teammates, Cody Riley and Jalen Hall, as they were trying to steal from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China.
The Bruins are in China, as they play a preseason game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Friday. While there are little details so far, the penalties in China are different than in the United States.
“Those robbing public and private property using force, coercion, or other methods are to be sentenced to three to 10-years in prison in addition to final,” according to NewsOne, via the Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China.
Should there have been a weapon used in the crime, it’s a total game changer, as he and his teammates could be facing the death penalty.
One woman, who stole a cell phone in China, was sentenced to a decade in prison.
According to ESPN, the players are not presently with the team. And it’s not clear if the three freshman will be allowed to play on Friday, or ever this season following this incident.
“We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China,” UCLA said in a statement. “The University is cooperating fully with local authorities on this matter, and we have no further comment at this time.”
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