Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

LaVar Ball, LiAngelo Ball explain shoplifting arrest and decision to leave UCLA

LaVar Ball, LiAngelo Ball explain shoplifting arrest and decision to leave UCLA

Ball's sudden departure is just the latest in a string of early-season distractions for the Bruins.

Jalen Hill and Cody Riley remain enrolled at UCLA and suspended indefinitely.

"What happened to them, it's been a long enough punishment". "So I don't know if there's an adjustment, we just keep moving forward".

During interviews this week, LaVar Ball has gone on the record and said he wants to see all three of his sons-Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo-playing for the Lakers one day. Although they were there to play basketball games, the program drew in more attention from a shoplifting incident.

Trump retorted on Twitter: "Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal".

That sounds good in theory, but-and this is a big but for both Ball brothers-it doesn't sound like there are any hard offers on the table for either of them right now. Trump said in a tweet that he "should have left them in jail", because of Ball's words about the president.

However, Alford said he hasn't talked with LiAngelo or LaVar Ball since news broke that LaVar had withdrawn the freshman from school, purportedly to prepare for the 2018 NBA Draft, though many consider him a long shot to follow his older brother, Lonzo, to the NBA.

UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball is surrounded by reporters and photographers as he leaves Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Los Angeles.

The UCLA basketball player recounted the experience that he deemed as "horrible" as Chinese authorities came to their hotel and arrested them.

This began when Ball accused Trump of doing little to help with the release of the players. Liangelo, a current first year at University of California Los Angeles, was arrested with two of his teammates in China for shoplifting.

The Bruins are wrapping up a critical four-game homestand that Alford has dubbed "growth week" before they play their only true nonconference road game of the season Saturday at MI.

"We've got the NCAA holding back, where they're waiting two, three months to tell him if he can play or not", Ball said. LiAngelo Ball explained on the Today Show that "people started taking stuff and me, just not thinking and being with them, I took something too".

The university disciplinary process via the office of student conduct is ongoing, Alford said Tuesday, adding that he didn't have a timeline for when it would be finished.

"Why for? I didn't make that decision, so I'm here", he said.

Please mark the time of death on the Ball family phenomenon.

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