Chinese foreign ministry officials previously said that the Chinese government had reported the incident to United States officials.
In the wake of the scandal that saw freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hall arrested for shoplifting, Van Gundy felt the need to vent to his play-by-play partner Dave Patsch, who is a regular on Pac-12 broadcasts, most notably when paired with Bill Walton. Additionally, William Nee, a researcher for Amnesty International, told Wetzel that suspects in China are regularly detained for a month or more before being indicted.
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports previously reported the Bruins players could face prison sentences of between three and 10 years if "standard practices are applied" and they were convicted of the shoplifting charges.
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Due to privacy considerations, the State Department declined to comment further.
Ball's dad, LaVar Ball, seemed unbothered and not at all anxious.
LaVar and his wife, Tina, reportedly ate breakfast with the UCLA team on Wednesday morning. "Whether in the United States or overseas, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards".
Asked if he was anxious about LiAngelo, LaVar said, "He'll be fine".
The outspoken LaVar Ball has made regular headlines with his provocative comments since eldest son Lonzo began starring at UCLA past year.
Lavar also predicted all his sons will eventually play for the Lakers. Lonzo Ball was selected second overall by the Lakers in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft and is seen as a building block for the team's future.
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