There may be slivers of light peeking through the muck of the LiAngelo Ball mess.
Ball and two of his UCLA teammates Jalen Hill and Cody Riley could walk away with 20 days house arrest and a permanent ban from visiting China after being accused of shoplifting in Hangzhou.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the sentence could be served at the trio’s hotel the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou.
If that is the end result, the punishment is far better than the prison time that were looking at. The players allegedly took items from a Louis Vuitton store located near their hotel.
UCLA is visiting China to face Georgia Tech in an exhibition basketball match in Shanghai. The accused players will not be active for the game per the school.
The players have been released on bail and the Ball family has remained uncharacteristically low-key as the matter plays itself out.
Patriarch LaVar Ball went as far as to cancel a press conference on Wednesday.
LaVar Ball said he has been advised by council not to speak “due to the legal nature of the matter.” He had previously scheduled a press conference for 10:45 am from his hotel suite in Shanghai.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 8, 2017
There are a lot of common sense jokes and Midnight Express references that could be made here. The bottom-line is that this incident is a bad look for the players, their families, the country and UCLA.
It’s hard to envision that three individuals that have a college degree at their disposal would find a way into a situation like this in a foreign country.
It is what it is but at the end of the day hopefully some serious lesson were learned.