Big (Baller Brand’s) Trouble in Little China

Big (Baller Brand’s) Trouble in Little China

Matthew Moskowitz, Journalist

Yesterday, a news report came out stating that LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley were arrested for suspicions of shoplifting at a Louis Vuitton store; the UCLA basketball team was in Hangzhou, China for their season-opener against Georgia Tech. Within a few hours of their detainment, notorious loud-mouth LaVar Ball has said that this news isn’t a “big deal” and that “he’ll be fine” (probably cause LiAngelo is the least publicized Ball son who doesn’t have his own signature shoe yet). The arrests were made at the team’s hotel, and the police also questioned Georgia Tech’s players staying at the same hotel. The Huangzhou Police Department told NBC News that the three would either be released or charged with 48 hours of their detainment.

The three athletes were apparently caught shoplifting sunglasses from the Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China. Being in China and committing a crime already is worse on its own since they treat shoplifting criminally for them, let alone being foreigners in China. Benjamin Liebman, a Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia University, has said that if this case goes into the formal prosecutorial process, “guilt would be almost assured.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the players would be facing 20 days under house arrest in their hotel alongside a ban from China. So the moral of the story is don’t try impressing your parents by stealing Louis Vuitton sunglasses in China.