LiAngelo Ball put himself smack dab in the middle of the struggle sweepstakes after him and his fellow UCLA basketball team players were arrested for shoplifting in China. In a new interview with TODAY, Ball said that his stay in China’s jail was “horrible.”
Flanked by his father LaVar Ball, the younger Ball opened up the segment explaining just how the moment went down and being swept up in the revelry of thievery although he knew that it was a bad idea.
“We all went out one night to the mall and, went to the Louis Vuitton store, people starting taking stuff,” Ball explained. “And then me just not thinking, I took something too.”
Ball added that he didn’t realize the gravity of his actions until he returned to his hotel, where the teammates were arrested the following day. Ball said that the conditions of the Chinese jail and the brief time he spent there was “horrible.”
It goes without saying that if you’re a bunch of American athletes coming from a well-known collegiate power to play a beloved sport in a foreign country that chances are you’ll have cameras of all sorts snapping away at all times.
It appears that LiAngelo Ball has been humbled by the “stupid” actions and the repercussions, using his own words from the interview.
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