UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill are on a flight home from Shanghai to Los Angeles.
But there is even better news for the three Bruins players, with reports indicating all charges have been dropped against the three players by Chinese authorities.
According to China Sports Insider, LaVar Ball, who is in Hong Kong holding a Big Baller Brand pop-up shop with his youngest song, LaMelo Ball, may not have yet heard the good news.
Given that LiAngelo’s Dad, LaVar, and younger brother, LaMelo, were today hosting a pop-up shop for the family’s Big Baller Brand in Hong Kong, which was due to finish at 9pm China time – the exact time the teens’ flight was scheduled to depart from Shanghai – it’s possible that the family is just now receiving news of the release, given the tight turnaround of events.
The report also details some of the powerful people who played a role in the players’ release, with the Justice Department being involved from the very beginning.
Reports claimed, variously, that President Trump, Alibaba boss Jack Ma, and co-founder Joe Tsai – who has just purchased 49% of the Brooklyn Nets – among others had been working behind the scenes to secure their release, but the result is the same: they’re out and on their way home.
While the players escaped punishment in China, we will have to wait and see whether they receive punishment from the university or Pac-12.