LiAngelo Ball, seen during an exhibition game in Los Angeles on Nov. 1, is one of three UCLA players to have been detained by Chinese authorities, along with Jalen Hill and Cody Riley. Ball is a younger brother of NBA rookie Lonzo Ball. Icon Sportswire via Getty Images hide caption
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The three UCLA men’s basketball players who were detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting are now on their way home, according to Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. The young men — LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley — spent roughly a week in police-ordered detention at their hotel in Hangzhou, China, before they boarded a flight back to Los Angeles.
“The matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities,” Scott said in a statement released Tuesday. “We are all very pleased that these young men have been allowed to return home to their families and university.”
Scott also said the athletic conference was “grateful for the role that our Chinese hosts played” and thanked President Trump, his administration and the State Department “for their efforts toward resolution.”