“Your asses wasn’t cry when you was stealing!”
The Ball family, that includes the loud, very outspoken, and passionate basketball Dad LaVar Ball, has yet another crisis on their hands. This week, UCLA guard and LaVar’s son, LiAngelo Ball was arrested along with two UCLA teammates, freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, in China under shoplifting charges. All players involved were questioned by authorities on the alleged robbery from a Louis Vuitton store. To make matters worse, the UCLA basketball team’s hotel was adjacent to the store that was allegedly robbed. Roughly 20 Chinese police officers interrogated players from both UCLA and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, the Bruins’ opponents on Friday night, at the Hangzhou Hyatt in Hangzhou, China, according to ESPN
UCLA provided a statement to Goodman: “We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China. The University is cooperating fully with local authorities on this matter, and we have no further comment at this time.”
LaVar of course made his statement to ESPN saying,
“I’m going to wait until I get more intel on what’s going on” before he comments on LiAngelo Ball’s arrest but said he’s not worried. “He’ll be fine,” he said. “Everyone’s making it a big deal. It ain’t that big a deal.”
All three players have been ordered to say at the team’s hotel, which is right next to the LV store, per the terms of the player’s bail. The players will have to stay at their hotel until the case has been adjudicated, which could take weeks or even months.
Not a big deal? How is your grown, black, D1 athlete’s arrest for stealing not a big deal to you? LiAngelo wasn’t in Los Angeles allegedly stealing my man, he was in a foreign country with the intent to play a sport. Ball should have left his statement at, ‘he’ll be fine,’ but of course he had to do his usual I got his speech. Will he be fine after facing years in prison? I think not! The Ball boys are usually quiet, stand behind their father, and focused on playing the sport that they all love but this is a testimony that it’s not always about the dollars in this industry. Making sure the players have a sound environment to grow, focus on their passion, and have the common sense to represent not only their school or choice but their family as well.