UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill have returned to the US after being arrested in China for shoplifting.
ESPN report the trio have been suspended from the UCLA basketball team indefinitely as a result of the event.
“They will have to earn their way back,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said during a news conference Wednesday.
Their suspension will mean that the players won’t get to travel or wear the UCLA uniform for road games or join in on practice.
“These are good young men who have exercised an inexcusable lapse of judgment and now they have to live with that,” Alford said.
LiAngelo has publicly apologized admitting he didn’t exercise his best judgment.
“This does not define who I am,” he said. “My family raised me better than that.”
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His older brother and Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball also had a few words to say at a shoot around yesterday.
“Nice to have him back,” said Lonzo. “Obviously he made a mistake, but got to learn from it and move on.”
The UCLA trio were released on bail in China yesterday after President Trump spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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