Teachers and Students Disappointed after LiAngelo Ball’s Actions in China

Ian Massaro, Reporter

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In early November, teachers and students realized that millionaires steal too as an admired and respected athlete was put to shame after being caught shoplifting in Hangzhou, China.

  Popular UCLA freshman, LiAngelo Ball, and two other Bruins were arrested in Hangzhou, China on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, due to an attempted act of shoplifting sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store. The three players afterward were kept in a luxury hotel next to the store, the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou, that night and were forced to stay there until further notice. According to USA Today, the players were later seen the next morning leaving the hotel in a police vehicle after they were reportedly released on bail by United States President, Donald Trump, and flew back to California.

  Although the UCLA players are relieved to be back home, there is still a problem lurking in the Ball family. LiAngelo ball was suspended indefinitely by UCLA along with the other two players due to their actions in Hangzhou. LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, has yanked his son from the UCLA program and has started looking for other opportunities for his son to pursue his career in basketball.

  “We are exploring other options with Gelo,” LaVar said in an interview with ESPN, “He’s out of there.”

  Not only is the Ball family going through turmoil, but teachers and students also have their own stances on this topic. Business teacher, Peter Brescia, has a strong opinion on LiAngelo’s actions and elucidates them vigorously. Brescia supported Ball’s removal from the school.

  “There is no room for thieves in the world,” Brescia said, “It’s a disgrace. It’s a good thing he got suspended.”

  It’s not just teachers that have a strong opinion on LiAngelo’s actions. Sophomore Jonathan Lorenzo is disgusted by the China incident.

  “He’s practically a millionaire and he goes out and does something like this?” Lorenzo asks, “It’s despicable and shouldn’t have happened.”

  Lorenzo feels that athletes should be role models. He feels that LiAngelo’s actions were the exact opposite of what an athlete’s should be.

  “Most of them come from small and poor towns and move on in their lives to become great athletes who can now provide for their families and it’s just such a great inspiration to kids like that who are poor and don’t have any money. It teaches them that if you work hard, anything is possible.”

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