Chinese authorities are investigating three Americans following media reports that three UCLA freshmen were arrested for shoplifting ahead of their basketball game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said yesterday that the case was in the hands of local police.
“Three American men are being investigated in Hangzhou by Chinese law enforcement agencies for alleged theft,” Hua said during a regularly scheduled news briefing. “China has informed U.S. side of this case in accordance with the consular treaty.
“China will handle this case in accordance with law and protect the lawful rights and interests of the people involved.”
Hua did not give details of the individuals, who have been identified by the Los Angeles Times as Cody Riley, Jalen Hill and LiAngelo Ball — the brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.