UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, who were charged with shoplifting sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store in China Tuesday, will likely just receive a minor slap on the wrist for the incident, according to experts.
After being arrested, the three players were released on bail and allowed to return to their hotel on Wednesday morning.
This is a good sign according to NYU US-Asia Law Institute faculty director Jerome Cohen.
“This shows they’re getting special treatment,” Cohen told USA Today. “Normally, the Chinese do not give bail, certainly not this early in a case that they’re going to prosecute.
George Washington University law professor Donald Clarke agreed with Cohen.
“I think the most likely outcome is that the players get sent home with a stern warning, but without serving a formal sentence of detention,” said Clarke. “They are already confined to their hotel. Perhaps the authorities will count that as a kind of time served.”
This would be great news for the three Bruins, for whom a Yahoo story speculated could receive 3-10 years in a Chinese prison if prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
The 6-5 LiAngelo Ball, ESPN’s No. 41 SF in the 2017 high school class and younger brother of Lakers’ 2017 No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball, averaged 33.8 points last season for Chino HS (CA), leading the team to a 30-3 record.
The 6-10 Cody Riley, the No. 45 player in the 2017 high school class, averaged 16.3 points and 8.3 rebounds last year at Sierra Canyon (CA), leading the squad to a 27-3 record.
The 6-10 Jalen Hill, the No. 49 player in the 2017 high school class, led his Centennial HS (CA) team in scoring and rebounding last season, averaging 18.8 points and 12.5 rebounds.
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