LiAngelo Ball, UCLA teammates reportedly leaving China after being detained

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LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested for shoplifting while in Hangzhou for a tournament last week.

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"He was terrific, and they're working on it right now".

Initial reports suggested the players could remain in China for up to two months, depending on whether Chinese authorities made a decision to pursue an arrest, which would spark an investigation. They did not fly home with the team, and ESPN has reported that authorities have surveillance footage and that the players could be required to remain in Hangzhou for a week or two.

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The US Consulate in Shanghai, and Chinese police and officials, have declined to provide information confirming the players' whereabouts and status.

Back in Los Angeles, the rest of the Bruins prepared for the team's home opener Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion against Central Arkansas.

UCLA beat Georgia Tech 63-60 without the three freshmen.

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"There's nothing new. We're monitoring the situation and staying in close contact with the students until the situation, and we hope the situation resolves itself soon". His father, LaVar, was actually in China with his son. However, the fact that the charges have been reduced means that the players and their families have cooperated with authorities, which may include actions such as admittance to wrongdoing and providing compensation for the stolen items.

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.

The family is now filming a reality show called "Ball in the Family" and recently started an athletic apparel company, Big Baller Brand, "inspired by the Ball brothers". As he was leaving the hotel, LaVar Ball downplayed LiAngelo's arrest, telling ESPN: "He'll be fine".

But the likelihood of China throwing the book at the trio was probably low with the leaders of the world's two biggest economies keen to make nice for the state visit.

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