[Ed. – Hypocrisy much?]
[T]hree prominent University of California at Los Angeles men’s basketball players remain detained in [China] after being arrested on Tuesday for allegedly shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store.
According to ESPN, the trio includes freshman Cody Riley, Jalen Hill, and LiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. They were released on bail early Wednesday morning, but are required by Hangzhou police to remain at their hotel until the legal process concludes.
What does that process entail? China’s legal system is a far cry from that of the United States. If found guilty of “robbing public or private property using force, coercion, or other methods,” the three young men could face between three to 10 years in prison. Lowering the case to an “administration violation” instead of robbery would likely lessen the probability of prison time.
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports reports typically a defendant could wait 30-37 days before being indicted. That means these star American basketball players could be sitting in their Hangzhou luxury hotel long enough for the luxury to wear off. Then, if they do get indicted, the odds aren’t in their favor. According to Wetzel’s reporting, there’s a 99.2 percent conviction rate.