Arrested UCLA players not returning home with team

House arrest likely punishment for arrested UCLA players

The others could not be reached.

The Ball family has been staying at the UCLA team hotel in Shanghai since Tuesday night and is being filmed while in China for the Facebook reality show "Ball in the Family", which was renewed for a second season last month. Three players were questioned from each team.

Hangzhou police arrived early Tuesday morning at the Hyatt Regency, where UCLA and Georgia Tech were staying ahead of their game, and questioned three players from each team.

Three UCLA men's basketball players detained in China over allegations of shoplifting this week will not be on the team's return flight to the United States on Saturday, ESPN reported. It was not made clear, however, how long that would take.

According to Margaret Lewis, a law professor at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, Chinese officials have 37 days in which they will decide whether or not to grant official approval for an arrest.

LiAngelo, a freshman, is the middle child of LaVar and Tina Ball.

William Nee, a researcher of the Chinese court system for Amnesty International, believes that the trio could find themselves in a bind moving forward.

Often, however, China will deport foreigners suspected of having committed relatively minor offences without going through the whole process.

The University of California, Los Angeles, declined to confirm the arrests but said it was "aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China".

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Thursday that the case was in the hands of local police.

In a video posted Wednesday on Twitter by ESPN writer Arash Markazi, LaVar Ball, the father of detainee LiAngelo Ball, said his son would be fine.

"During the questioning, it was determined that Georgia Tech student-athletes were not involved in the activities being investigated".

Jalen Hill, Cody Riley and LiAngelo Ball are facing serious charges.

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