"I know I f–ed up. I’m not hiding from it."
Former UCLA basketball star LiAngelo Ball has discussed his arrest in China.
In November 2017, LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA teammates were arrested in China for shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store in China. The trio faced 3-10 years in prison for their crime but were released back to the US.
President Trump and the US government were thanked by the basketball players for their help in diffusing the situation.
Ball’s father, LaVar Ball consequently pulled his son out of UCLA. “I’m not sitting back and waiting,” LaVar Ball told ESPN. “He wasn’t punished this bad in China.”
“We get back over here, and the consequences were even stiffer than China. So basically they’re in jail here.”
Slam Online reports that Ball recently discussed his experience of being detained in China on the latest episode of ‘Ball in the Family’.
“We went into the police department to get interrogated again,” Ball recalled.“They took me into this room. I just started writing a sorry letter. Apologizing, and stuff, saying that’s not me.
“They looked at and they were like, ‘Do you mind saying this on camera?’ I just read it to the camera,” he explained. “They took that very well, I guess. I didn’t even answer no questions. They told me they sent it up to the higher levels of the law and they told me they’ll get back to me.”
“Look, I know I f–ed up. I’m not hiding from it. I realize I made a stupid decision. My team, my dad and my family, and UCLA, I feel like I let them down.”