Jalen Hall from its men’s basketball team after the three freshmen were arrested last week in China for shoplifting from three stores, creating an international incident that eventually saw President Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, get involved.
UCLA Coach Steve Alford announced the suspension Wednesday morning 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 took questions from the more than 50 reporters in attendance at Pauley Pavilion, where the Bruins were set to host the University of Central Arkansas that evening.
ugg boots uggs outlet store http://www.abaelectrical.com/ Alford said the three players will not participate in workouts or practices, will not travel with the team and will not dress for home games during the suspension, which is indefinite because the school is going through its legal process with the three students.
“These men are going to have to prove, through their words and actions,uggs on sale 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 university, and because this was such a high-profile international matter, that of the general public. … My expectation is they will work hard to demonstrate why they deserve to be part of this program.”
The morning began with all three players — first Riley, followed by Ball and Hall — giving short, similar statements expressing remorse. All three admitted to stealing from the stores, and made a commitment to trying to make things right. They did not elaborate on what was stolen, though it had been previously reported that one of the items was a pair of sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store.
“I’d like to start off by saying sorry for stealing from the stores in China,” said Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. “I didn’t exercise my best judgment, and I was wrong for that.”
In addition, all three players — as well as Alford and Guerrero — personally thanked President Trump for his support and help in bringing the players home. As The Washington Post reported Monday, Trump personally appealed to Xi to intervene on the players’ behalf during the U.S. president’s two-day state visit to Beijing last week. Wednesday morning, before the news conference at UCLA, Trump tweeted, “Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!”
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