UCLA basketball team returns home from China
But Saturday’s Pac 12 China Game between the University of California at Los Angeles and Georgia Tech basketball teams was overshadowed by three players Discount Replica Louis Vuitton Bags who weren’t even there, and by an entirely unwelcome learning experience.Three UCLA players including a younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie sensation Lonzo Ball were stuck in a hotel more than 100 miles away after being arrested this week for allegedly shoplifting from a store, or stores, in the lakeside high quality designer replica handbags city of Hangzhou.Their fake designer bags teammates, seemingly unfazed by the holes in their squad, led for most of the game, and held off a late Georgia rally to close out a hard fought contest, 63 60. Both coaches praised their respective teams’ fighting spirit, even if there was more effort than experience on offer in squads filled with rookies.On Saturday, the team arrived back in Los Angeles without the three freshman players cheap louis vuitton bags from china uk , according to ESPN.”It’s certainly very unfortunate and very disappointing to me as commissioner of the conference, when we’re guests in another country, guests of our partners, that any of our students should be involved in this incident,” Pac 12 Commissioner Larry Scott told a news conference before the game.”That’s not the standard we hold our students to, especially when they are traveling and they are ambassadors of high quality replica handbags china their university and the United States.”Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were reportedly 1:1 replica handbags arrested Tuesday morning, accused of shoplifting sunglasses from a replica louis vuitton handbags Louis Vuitton store next to their hotel, but were released the following morning.ESPN, which broadcast the game Saturday and has been traveling with the squad, quoted a person with firsthand knowledge of the investigation as saying the players could be in Hangzhou for “a week or two.”Liza David, a spokeswoman for UCLA Athletics, told The Washington Post on Saturday night that the university had no comment on the players detained in China.The person also told ESPN that there is surveillance footage purportedly showing the players shoplifting from three stores inside the high end mall near the team’s hotel, which also houses Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo stores.LaVar Ball, father aaa replica designer handbags of LiAngelo Ball and the fake designer bags owner of the Big Baller brand, waves during a promotional event in Shanghai on Nov. 10 louis vuitton copy bags uk , 2017. (Str/AFP/Getty Images)But staff members working in the mall this weekend said they were only aware of the Louis Vuitton incident.In a basement office where images of the mall appear on an array of screens, a private security officer said police arrived Tuesday morning with a warrant and took away a copy of footage from the previous night. Monday night.Individual stores also have their own security cameras, staff in the mall said.In the Louis Vuitton store, most pairs of men’s sunglasses were on sale for 4,900 yuan (about $750). Under Chinese law, anyone caught stealing goods worth between 4,000 and 7,000 yuan faces between one and two years in jail, although mitigating circumstances can cut the sentence.Police in Hangzhou said the legal process for the case was still continuing.Scott, the Pac 12 commissioner, said this replica louis vuitton wasn’t just a basketball game; it was an example of the power of sport to foster cultural exchanges and a rare replica louis vuitton bags from china opportunity for the players to take a break from the rigors of elite sport to travel to another country and to learn from the trip.Many had obtained their first passports for the trip, and for most, if not all, it was their first time in China, he said.He admitted the arrests had been “a real distraction” and “unwanted publicity” but did not negate what had overall been a tremendous experience. “We had a chance to apologize for the unwelcome attention,” he added. “We are monitoring the situation, staying in close contact with the students, and we hope the situation resolves soon.”The game was sponsored by Alibaba Group, China’s e commerce giant, and held on its annual Singles Day, an online shopping extravaganza held on the 11th day of the 11th month every year. The e commerce giant announced before the game it had extended its sponsorship of the Pac 12 China game until 2020. Next year’s game will be between Yale and the University of California at Berkeley.The teams toured the Alibaba corporate campus in Hangzhou on Monday, the day before the Designer Louis Vuitton Replica Handbags arrests, and visited Shanghai Disneyland later in the week. Players and coaches all spoke enthusiastically after the game about the welcome they had received in China.Joe Tsai, the vice chairman of Alibaba Group, who recently reached an agreement to buy 49 percent of the Brooklyn Nets, said he was proud and thrilled to be supporting the Pac 12 China game, and suggested the shoplifting incident was a learning experience.”I think the spirit of sport is that we do not pursue perfection; what we pursue is progress,” he said. “Young people are bound to make mistakes, but the key is that after you have made a mistake, how do you respond to this situation?”In the end, everyone from the Hangzhou police to the players and the university had handled the incident “in a very professional and calm way dolabuy ,” he said, so that Alibaba had increased its respect for Pac 12 and the Pac 12 schools. “They have also increased their respect for us, increased their respect for our country and its citizens,” he added.LiAngelo Ball’s father, LaVar Ball, who was in China for his own promotional purposes, had been a potential wild card and had initially caused some friction by telling ESPN the incident “ain’t that big of a deal.”But on Friday night, his management had him, and the news media, firmly under control, excluding reporters from a promotional event in a Shanghai store for his Big Baller Brand sporting apparel.