Lonzo Ball tight-lipped about brother LiAngelo’s arrest in China (vid)
Lonzo Ball insists he’s trying to remain focused on playing basketball in the wake of his brother LiAngelo’s arrest in China for allegedly shoplifting.
The Los Angeles Lakers rookie also indicated he hasn’t spoken to his brother, a freshman for the UCLA Bruins, nor his father, LaVar Ball, since the arrest.
“No, I haven’t talked to any of them yet,” Lonzo Ball said after Wednesday morning’s shootaround, via ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “I know they are all over there in China taking care of it, so I will talk to them when they get back.”
LiAngelo, along with two UCLA teammates, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, are accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store located near the team hotel on Tuesday afternoon. The three were questioned by police and released, but were informed to remain in the team hotel until further notice.
Ball’s father, mother and younger brother LaMelo are all in China for UCLA’s game against Georgia Tech on Friday in Shanghai.
LaVar Ball initially bristled at the legal entanglement.
LaVar Ball said, "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." pic.twitter.com/E7QuMaMsNU
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“He’ll be fine,” LaVar Ball said in the video posted by ESPN’s Arash Markazi. “He’ll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal. It ain’t that big of a deal.”
LaVar Ball later released a statement on the allegations, saying “it is a very unfortunate situation that the Ball family and UCLA has to deal with at this particular time. We will comment shortly.”
Ball had originally scheduled a press conference to address the matter, but it was later cancelled on the advice of legal counsel.
LiAngelo Ball, Riley and Hill could potentially face between three and 10 years in prison if convicted of the alleged crime. Lonzo Ball was asked how he’ll be able to focus on basketball amid the possibility of such a dire outcome.
“I am just trying to focus on the game,” Ball said. “… I am letting my people over there handle it. I am over here taking care of business. I haven’t talked to any of them.”