LiAngelo Ball, the brother of Los Angeles Lakers guard and former UCLA Bruin Lonzo Ball, and 2 other UCLA players were arrested on Tuesday for shoplifting in Hangzshou, China.
UCLA Athletics said in a statement the university is cooperating with Chinese authorities and did not provide further comment.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that police inspected UCLA's bus as players waited to depart for practice.
UCLA practiced Wednesday and was scheduled to visit Shanghai Disneyland. Instead of focusing on basketball, the team is now forced to focus on the legal fate of some of their youngest players, reports CBS News' Vladimir Duthiers.
The Georgia Tech players were ultimately allowed to leave the room after several hours while the three UCLA players were reportedly loaded into a police vehicle at around 1 p.m. local time.
Citing a person close to the situation, the Los Angeles Times reported that freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were involved in a shoplifting incident. "The players questioned were respectful at all times". UCLA ultimately fell to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, which prompted LaVar to blame Lonzo's white teammates Bryce Alford, T. J. Leaf, and Thomas Welsh.
The teams were staying at the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou on Tuesday before leaving for Shanghai, where Georgia Tech and No. 21 UCLA are set to open the season.
The shoplifting reports threaten to tarnish that campaign, which has included LaVar Ball's creation of the "Big Baller Brand" shoe and apparel line "inspired" by his three sons. The Bruins have been accompanied on their trip by an entourage including university chancellor Gene Block, athletic director Dan Guerrero, cheerleaders, mascot Joe Bruin and Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.
Georgia Tech: "We are aware of the matter involving UCLA student-athletes and we are gathering more information". He'll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal. "We will continue to closely monitor the situation". LaVar was expected to address the media from his hotel suite Wednesday morning in Shanghai, but he said he was advised by counsel not to speak "due to the legal nature of the matter".