By RYAN BRAUCH
On Tuesday, three basketball players for the University of California Los Angeles were arrested for shoplifting at a Louis Vuitton store in Shanghai, China, one of which being LiAngelo Ball. LiAngelo, younger brother of standout Los Angeles Lakers’ rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, could now be facing time in prison along with his two teammates.
The UCLA Bruins kick off their season against Georgia Tech on Saturday in Shanghai, but it has become evident that Ball and his teammates will be unable to play.
After taking the basketball world by storm last year, the Ball family has been relatively quiet these past few weeks. The family first entered the spotlight when Lavar Ball, the boys’ father, made numerous disrespectful comments towards NBA players and announcers, proclaiming that Lonzo would be the best player to play the game.
The media erupted after Lonzo got drafted by his hometown team the Lakers and Lavar and the boys launched the creation of the family brand “Big Baller Brand.” Lavar Ball, continued to make headlines in September by announcing that the youngest Ball brother, LaMelo, will withdrawal from his public high school and will be homeschooled.
As the lesser known Ball brother, LiAngelo sure did make the crowd remember his name, unfortunately it came before he even played a single minute for the Bruins.
Now facing possible jail time, LiAngelo and his teammates are hoping for a Big Baller bailout.