Lakers' Lonzo Ball focuses on basketball following brother's arrest in China

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Lonzo Ball keeps quiet on his brother LiAngelo after shoplifting incident in China

The punishment for three UCLA players, who are accused of shoplifting in China, is starting to become more clear. ESPN's LA-based reporter Arash Markazi is covering the team from China.

"I'm just trying to focus on the game", Ball said when asked for his thoughts on hearing about the situation.

The Chinese government reported the incident to US officials, Chinese foreign ministry officials previously said. "China has informed USA side of this case in accordance with the consular treaty". There's no telling how long they will be kept in the hotel, but sources told the Daily Mail that it will at least be until the entire legal process is completed.

The punishment is expected to be served at the luxury hotel where UCLA is now staying, the Hangzhou Hyatt Regency. "The hope is obviously sooner rather than later".

The players were arrested for allegedly shoplifting sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near the team hotel.

LiAngelo plans to join his brother Lonzo in the National Basketball Association next year, according to the boys' father, LaVar Ball, who has himself cultivated a certain notoriety in sports media for being brash and outspoken.

"UCLA is cooperating fully with local authorities", Scott said.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said the conference was directing specifics about what transpired to UCLA.

"We are very disappointed by any situation that detracts from the positive student-athlete educational and cultural experience that this week is about", the statement said. "Whether in the United States or overseas, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards", he added.

That latter news ironically came a day before President Trump's Thursday visit with China.

A US State Department official said the department was aware of reports that three American citizens were arrested in China and stood ready to provide assistance, but had no further comment due to privacy concerns. "We stand ready to provide appropriate consular assistance for USA citizens".

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