HANGZHOU, ZHEJIANG PROVINCE, CHINA (NOVEMBER 10, 2017) (REUTERS) – Three UCLA men’s basketball players, detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting ahead of a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump, have been confined to their hotel pending legal proceedings, sources with knowledge of the matter said.
The three students – freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill – were taken into police custody on Tuesday (November 7) morning for questioning and released at around 4 a.m. (2000 GMT on Tuesday, November 7) on Wednesday (November 8), one of the sources said.
Ball, Riley and Hill were questioned about stealing from a Louis Vuitton store during the team’s visit to Hangzhou, home of the game’s sponsor, e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
The sources said police had released the three on condition that they remain at their luxury hotel in Hangzhou while the legal process plays out. It was not made clear, however, how long that would take.
The University of California, Los Angeles, team is in China for its season-opener against Georgia Tech on Saturday (November 11) in Shanghai.