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Dad: Players could be stuck in China for months

CHINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: (L-R) Lonzo Ball, LaMelo Ball, LiAngelo Ball and LaVar Ball attend Melo Ball's 16th Birthday on September 2, 2017 in Chino, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Crosswalk Productions )

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UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley reportedly could be forced to serve 20 days of house arrest and receive permanent banishment from China after being arrested for stealing Tuesday in Hangzhou.

On Thursday, Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the players, who were released on bail Wednesday, might serve the punishment at the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou, the hotel where UCLA and Georgia Tech players stayed ahead of their game Saturday (Friday night U.S. time) in Shanghai.

LaVar Ball released a statement on social media, saying the process “could take months” to conclude, per Joshua Berlinger of CNN:

“Ball, Riley and Hill are being required by Hangzhou police to remain at their hotel until the legal process is over, which could take days, weeks or even months. The hope is obviously sooner rather than later.”

According to Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times, the players are not currently confined to the hotel.

The Associated Press noted Wednesday that UCLA head coach Steve Alford said Ball, Hill and Riley won’t play against the Yellow Jackets, but he couldn’t provide any additional details about their status.

“The university came out with a statement, so I won’t have any further comment on this other than in answering that question—those individuals won’t play on Saturday,” he said.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott also released a statement, saying UCLA was “cooperating fully with local authorities.”

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports previously reported the Bruins players could face prison sentences of between three and 10 years if “standard practices are applied” and they were convicted of the shoplifting charges.

No further information about the UCLA players’ status beyond Saturday’s game in China was immediately released.

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