LiAngelo Ball And UCLA Teammates Could Face 3 to 10 Years In Prison If Convicted In China

Things could get very serious for UCLA players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill after they were arrested for allegedly shoplifting in China.

Yahoo Sports’ writer Dan Wetzel spoke to a lawyer familiar with Chinese law, the three players could face some pretty hash punishment from the Chinese legal system.

Via Yahoo Sports

If standard practices are applied, the three UCLA basketball players – including LiAngelo Ball – arrested Tuesday in mainland China under suspicion of shoplifting face between three and 10 years in prison if convicted, according a lawyer familiar with Chinese law who communicated with Yahoo Sports on the condition of anonymity because he doesn’t want to speak out about the Chinese government.

The three men could be detained for more than a month without American-style bail before local prosecutors even decide whether to press charges, according to William Nee, a Hong Kong-based researcher of the Chinese court system for Amnesty International.

Along with facing a long prison sentence, Ball, Riley and Hill could reportedly be detained for more than a month before prosecutors even decide whether or not to press charges.

Ball and his teammates could be in some serious trouble if the authorities have solid proof they stole something.

On my list of 10 things to never do, “Get arrested in China” is like No. 2.

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