UCLA announced Wednesday it has indefinitely suspended LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hall from the men’s basketball team after the three freshman players were arrested last week in China for shoplifting from three stores, creating an international incident in which President Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, eventually got involved.
UCLA Coach Steve Alford announced the suspension at what the school billed as a news conference, but in reality was a series of statements from all three players, as well as Alford and Athletic Director Dan Guerrero. None of the five men took questions from the more than 50 reporters in attendance. Alford said that during the suspension, which is indefinite because the school is currently going through its legal process with the three students, they will not participate in basketball workouts or practices, will not travel with the team and will not dress for home games.
“These men are going to have to prove, through their words and actions, that this isn’t who they are, and that they will not let their identity be defined by this incident,” Alford said. “I know [LiAngelo], Cody and Jalen well, and I am confident they have already begun to use this experience as a life lesson. They are going to have to regain the trust of this athletic department, of this
Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/11/15/three-ucla-players-return-from-china-to-calls-for-lengthy-suspensions/
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