UCLA players arrested in China still waiting for official investigation

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LiAngelo Ball, two other UCLA players released after arrest in China

The punishment is expected to be served at the luxury hotel where UCLA is now staying, the Hangzhou Hyatt Regency.

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. "None of this was confrontational". The players returned to the Hangzhou Hyatt Regency hotel. They have been released on bail, but were required to remain in Hangzhou while the rest of the team went to Shanghai.

One such former pro is Devean George, who played in the National Basketball Association for 11 seasons, seven of those with the Los Angeles Lakers, who gave his reaction to Ball's situation. UCLA representatives, including Steve Alford, were at the police station for the duration of their time there.

A Chinese law expert tells USA Today that the fact that Ball and his teammates were allowed to return to their hotel, it is "a very good sign".

If that is the case, the three players would not be with UCLA when the Bruins are in Kansas City later this month for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

LaVar and his wife, Tina, reportedly ate breakfast with the UCLA team on Wednesday morning.

Van Gundy said. "Missing all that school, and then force-feeding their fans the idea of 'student-athletes.' If it's such a cultural excursion, what is UCLA doing in the Louis Vuitton sunglass section?"

UCLA, one of the United States' premier college basketball programs, says the university is cooperating fully with local authorities.

We are directing all inquiries about the specifics of this matter to UCLA. "Whether in the United States or overseas, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards", he added. That's part of being a coach, is helping - especially when you have a young team like we do - is helping young guys through situations.

In a video posted Wednesday on Twitter by ESPN writer Arash Markazi, LaVar Ball, the father of detainee LiAngelo Ball, said his son would be fine. As he was leaving the hotel, LaVar Ball downplayed LiAngelo'a arrest, telling ESPN: "He'll be fine".

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