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Students React To UCLA Basketball Shoplifting Scandal

October 10, 2019


ELSA: IT’S RIVALRY WEEK AT UCLA BUT THE SCANDAL INVOLVING THEIR BASKETBALL TEAM LOOMS OVER THE CAMPUS. PLAYERS MADE THEIR FIRST STATEMENT SINCE BEING ACCUSED OF SHOPLIFTING IN JEFF: TOM WAIT IS LIVE ON CAMPUS WHERE THE TEAM PLAYED THEIR HOME OPENER TONIGHT. REPORTER: THEY’RE ACTUALLY STILL PLAYING THAT GAME. IT’S IN OVERTIME AGAINST CENTRAL ARKANSAS. THE TEAM LOOKED DIFFERENT TONIGHT. THEY’RE UNDER SCRUTINY. AND THE FANS ARE TALKING ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. UCLA’S MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM WAS BACK AT PAULY PAVILION, ABSENT WERE LIABALL, RILEY AND HILL. THE TRIO FACED NEWS CAMERAS AN READ FROM WRITTEN STATEMENTS AND DID NOT TAKE QUESTIONS. I TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE MISTAKE I MADE. SHOPLIFTING. SORRY FOR STEALING FROM THE STORES IN CHINA. I DIDN’T EXERCISE MY BEST JUDGMENT. AND I WAS WRONG FOR THAT. SORRY FOR SHOPLIFTING. WHAT I DID WAS STUPID. THERE’S NO OTHER WAY TO PUT IT. AND I’M NOT THAT TYPE OF PERSON INTO ATHLETIC DIRECTOR GUERRERO READ FROM A STATEMENT. HE SAID ALL THREE PLAYERS WILL BE SUSPENDED WHILE THE SCHOOL REVIEWS THEIR ACTIONS. AS STUDENTS GATHER FOR THE BEAT S.C. BONFIRE THERE WAS NO SHORTAGE OF OPINIONS ABOUT THE PUNISHMENT AND PLAYERS APOLOGIES. I FELT IT WAS SCRIPTED BUT THEY DO APOLOGIZE TO SOME EXTENT. THEY HAVE TO GET PUNISHMENT. TO FIND OUT THAT THEY’VE BEEN SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY IT’S PRETTY HARSH, BUT YOU KNOW, IT’S ACCOUNTABILITY, RESPONSIBILITY. SO WE DON’T KNOW AT THIS POINT HOW LONG THOSE SUSPENSIONS WILL LAST. AMONG THE PUNISHMENTS THEY’RE NOT ALLOWED TO SUIT UP OR PRACTICE WITH THE TEAM AT THIS

78 Comments

  • Reply Burt Gummer November 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Expell them.
    They aren't deeply sorry..they are only sorry they were caught.

  • Reply Eric Huff November 16, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Athletes can do what ever they want and never have any consequences. They should be expelled. Or at least loose their scholarships.

  • Reply Antonio Smith November 16, 2017 at 9:14 am

    iIt's funny how that accident happened while Trump was visiting China.

  • Reply Au Jun November 16, 2017 at 9:15 am

    This man will take L for entire of his life "L" iangelo

  • Reply zbudda November 16, 2017 at 10:37 am

    The trio was questioned by police about allegedly stealing from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou last week, where the Bruins visited before leaving for Shanghai.

    Citing a source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation, ESPN reports the players could be Hangzhou for “a week or two” while the situation is resolved. The source told ESPN there is surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three stores inside a high-end retail center.

  • Reply Joshua Lowe November 16, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    When I saw that big bonfire, I thought that IT was going to be their punishment: being burned alive!!

  • Reply SEVEN 6 November 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    If Obama were president . . . he'd honor them with a White House visit.

  • Reply r sashimi November 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    what the fuck is wrong with American media, those 3 thieves already confessed of their crimes and yet you keep saying they are being accused. are you trying to whitewash everything

  • Reply Jay M November 16, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    I bet they also take a knee when the national anthem is playing.

  • Reply Eli Mcclary November 16, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    if they were white this would be handled way differently

  • Reply kev castella November 16, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Bs apology.

  • Reply BJ Martin November 16, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Only in the US is it a question that they may be kicked off the team or even out of the University. Americans are soft on criminals because there a so many of them.

  • Reply HappySnaps 420 November 16, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    You can't fake a crime dum ass Americans

  • Reply kennyg64 November 16, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    And they had to read a statement just to apologize? What are they, still in Middle School or something?

  • Reply Amar Gill November 16, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    it should be a 2 month suspension from basketball

  • Reply Jason Peng November 17, 2017 at 4:25 am

    it's not shoplifting. it's "grand larceny," which is just stealing a TON of shit, over 10k worth in goods. it's like the difference between driving away with somebody's car and just tampering with their car, or the difference between robbing an empty house vs. breaking in as an armed robber and holding the house owners hostage while you're robbing the house.

    grand larceny itself is a federal crime in the US, and it's even worse in china because in China prison sentences are practically determined in monetary value. they practically robbed a car's worth of money.

  • Reply Ladaddy Fiveohnine November 17, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Tried to BOONK GANG the stores but China got Ninja's everywhere.

  • Reply Alexia Is On Fire November 17, 2017 at 4:59 am

    lol yeah they should be completely forgiven and given a free pass because well, they're black and oppressed

  • Reply William November 17, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Dumb retards

  • Reply Qin Woodruff November 17, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Name me another big 3 having best stealing skills. Maybe MJ pippen Rodman. But still not as good as these 3.

  • Reply American Lefty November 17, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    The first girl interviewed thought it was scripted.

  • Reply Vook Maksimovich November 18, 2017 at 3:11 am

    Madeline "To a Certain Extent" Garcia

  • Reply Not a single Bear November 18, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    LOL this is trash in china it could have been 10 years in prison and people are mad cause they got suspended, these players are idiots let them learn from the mistakes they made.

  • Reply Don Tommasino November 18, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    they did not mean it. (the apologies)

  • Reply Marquis McCullum November 19, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Lol they holding kids more accountable then the actual adults when they commit crimes

  • Reply B. Cleveland November 19, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I believe all their parents are embarrassed except for Lavar Ball. I dont think he gives 2 shits as long as his son can still go pro.

  • Reply Peris Chamberlain November 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    That's our culture! And everyone will say give them a pass and let them keep playing within 6 weeks!

  • Reply john karford November 21, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Worthless should be kicked out fucking trash

  • Reply Cortez Fernandez November 22, 2017 at 2:38 am

    Hummmm….. larceny in the USA. Many teenagers have been caught. DUI and other crimes involvimg alcohol take place on or near colleges all over the USA. Over 1 million college students commit crimes. Teens commit misdemeanor crimes get punished, hopefully learn their lesson then move on. This gets more publicly than the rich kid that killed 4 people then fled to Mexico. Why?

  • Reply Hit the ground running November 22, 2017 at 3:50 am

    This is only the first time they were caught.

  • Reply Christopher Happel November 22, 2017 at 4:27 am

    They're only sorry because they got caught.
    It didn't seem like an sincere apology.

  • Reply Haha Hehe November 22, 2017 at 5:44 am

    They should have been made to do corrective community service eg cleaning toilets in rural China!

  • Reply ecotts November 22, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Bunch of thieves, they're a disgrace; they're only sorry because they got caught.

  • Reply Owen Bailey-Waltz November 22, 2017 at 6:35 am

    All three of those students are Bluies who don't realize the obvious: Xi Jinping does not see it the same way they do, and neither do I. I think that shoplifting, while knowingly representing UCLA AND the United States as part of a family that's the sports equivalent of the Kardashians (i.e. media circuses surrounding them), in CHINA of all places, is incredibly unacceptable. I think that EXPULSION is the best idea for this one. This incident could change the PRC's opinion of the USA enough to be a deal breaker as to whether they choose to side with America in the North Korea situation (when the time inevitably comes), and we absolutely NEED the Chinese on our side. If we have a nuclear war that destroys all civilization in the world any time soon from China ultimately taking Kim Jong-Un's side in the North Korea nuclear situation, I'll know exactly who to thank: Gelo Ball, a complete insult to the term FUCKING IDIOT.

  • Reply havingfun1968 November 22, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Not one of them acted sorry as I would. Kick them out of school. Remember, this became a NATIONAL INCIDENT MAKING UCLA LOOK AS IF THEY RECRUIT THUGS. THINK ABOUT IT…

  • Reply James Williams November 22, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Hmm…nope and BS….news conference was to save their butts from being suspended forever and expelled from school…you can enter the NBA as a walk on….the Chinese had their thieving butts dead to rights….film from all three stores and the street and goods found in the room with confessions…they….the thief's should have wrote a letter to each of the stores for dishonoring them….THEN they should have written a private letter to each leader at the Asian conference for dishonoring the work they were trying to built after 8 years of Obama's ugly american crap….which was hugeeeely…….these players dishonored their parents, of which one mother is recovering from a stroke, they dishonored their grandparents, their team, their school, their hometowns, their country, China and every country at the Asian summit….they have a whole bunch of letters to write….and even after this they still should be suspended indefinitely….you can play NBA as a walk-on and expel them from school….sorry something major was being accomplished at the Asia conference….regardless of all the good being accomplished there….these dishonorable three thieves only showed and enhanced the Ugly American belief

  • Reply James Williams November 22, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Hmm…Never forget….basketball is temporary THIS DOES NOT MAKE THE MAN….when all is said and done what is left is a MANS HONOR….which they do NOT have, nor was it evident in their prepared comments…"I take full responsibility for the mistakes I have made…shoplifting", "I didn't exercise my best judgement", "I'm not that type of person", these are not apologies these are excuses….and as for the administrators and the various students…you too are clueless to what constitutes REAL HONOR and INTEGRITY….for the thieves who dishonored many it still stands… permanent suspension from basketball and expulsion…and for however long it takes may one day you find what it means to have HONOR and INTEGRITY

  • Reply Art November 22, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    "What's your name?""Wait…"*30 secs later*"Wait, Tom Wait."

  • Reply neo coffee November 22, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Thank god they didn't shoplift in Saudi Arab, or they'd be representing USA in next para Olympic.

  • Reply Nai Saelee November 23, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Not sure what the big fuss is …not like they stole an entire U.S.presidential election 🙄

  • Reply Lynn Tiscione November 23, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Punishment ? Who cares about punishment. These 3 idiots reinforced very negative stereotypes Orientals have of Blacks. THEY PROVED AND REINFORCED THOSE STEREOTYPES IN FRONT OF OVER A BILLION CHINESE. INCALCULABLE DAMAGE TO THEIR PEOPLE

  • Reply Gigi Devoe November 23, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Elsa just as bad in LA as she was in San Antonio, TX. Gee all these guys sound like they're no better educated than a kindergarten and I think most kindergardens even sound better, this is pathetic what we're turning out in her colleges today when this is the best the US has to offer!

  • Reply Tamera Shields November 23, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Well if Mr Trump didn't help them get out..they would be missing the whole season anyways

  • Reply True Believer November 23, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    SEND THEM BACK TO CHINA FOR SENTENCING!

  • Reply Vilare Tolaquinta November 23, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Typical liberal California whack jobs. He only stole designer glasses in a communist country like stfu soft ass snowflakes

  • Reply TaggsR85 November 24, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Bet Under Armour didn’t like their brand behind and on the shirts of those morons!

  • Reply Champ Touch November 24, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    LoserAngelo stop talking ghetto black dude!! You're raised white!' Don't let the ghetto niggas brainwash u into being Soo dumb!! Polish the way you speak man your mothers a smart white lady cmon kid!!!

  • Reply David Mcconnell November 24, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    I would love to hear what the Chinese media are saying about these 3 insincere stooges.

  • Reply Byron Lin November 24, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    why give them a pass? it doesnt help anyone, especially the black community. this just makes them think its okay to break the law, im entitled to steal because im black and my ancestors were oppressed. they will try to justify their actions. more accountability and punishment need to be set.

  • Reply gabrielyves1 November 24, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I would leave their entitled ass in jail

  • Reply J J November 24, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    liberals would forgive a serial killer! He said he didn't regret it but let's give him a second chance he seems like a great guy.

  • Reply Bill Bolser November 24, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Looks like we can see what kind of people are at UCLA. Or is this what UCLA teaches people to think, I'm entitled and elite so i can take what ever I want. Hillary Clinton's children.

  • Reply ImASavage November 24, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Lmao damn those are the students at UCLA I thought smart people go there I guess if you kill someone and say you are sorry and take responsibility than you should alright by their views

  • Reply Franklin Clinton November 24, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Black people always be stealing

  • Reply Suzy Pos November 25, 2017 at 12:23 am

    OMG…so fake..it's obvious that they're reading off a scripted paper. Trump should have left them there!!

  • Reply Kevin is Nice November 25, 2017 at 3:41 am

    Lucky black guys

  • Reply Janet November 25, 2017 at 4:50 am

    thank God trump saved their asses..nice of you to mention it CNN

  • Reply Wil Bridges November 25, 2017 at 7:24 am

    That first girl they interviewed 🤤

  • Reply ThE BeSt ! November 25, 2017 at 8:08 am

    The human slavery going on in Libya Thanks to Hillary and Obama's leadership that's an important story
    This story is so unimportant

  • Reply John _Red_Corn November 25, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Suspended is harsh, what drugs are you on. They lucky their asses are not in jail.

  • Reply Ringo Flamingo November 25, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    They won't pull that shit in Saudi Arabia.  A nigga will lose their hand.

  • Reply Fred November 25, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    These dumb fucks should be kicked out of school.

  • Reply 101 Life November 25, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    They were caught red handed. Why not say "BEEN CAUGHT STEALING" Are they trying to politically correct and down play the crime? Stealing is also called thievery! !!!

  • Reply Van Dreaming November 26, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    First of all I hear alot of people saying oh its just shoplifting no big deal get over it first of all they were in China Representing the United States Of America the state of California and there University when you are in a foreign country you are supposed to be on your best behavior to me to be expelled and taken off the team it is a lesson in life that we will learn .

  • Reply Boon Ducks November 27, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Ucla sckk

  • Reply nat lee November 28, 2017 at 12:09 am

    These thugs should be off the team,and expelled from school.UCLA babies minorities for fear of retaliation,had they been white another tune would be playing.Ghetto N.

  • Reply nahpoli November 28, 2017 at 2:16 am

    UCLA is full of morons!! just listen! and to the dip shit news anchor, theyre not "accused" they did it, theyre guilty!!

  • Reply Jeff Mcglone November 29, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Yeah right!! Deeply sorry!! Lmfao!! They should be kissing Trumps ass!!!

  • Reply trooperwon November 29, 2017 at 10:10 am

    dumb ass studends

  • Reply Open The Mind December 2, 2017 at 11:27 am

    White college kids do far worse shit EVERY SINGLE DAY but b/c they're black people act like they murdered someone (you know, the thing cops do). People in these comments never seem this outraged about white criminals. Racist shit.

  • Reply Ronnie Williams December 2, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    They all have to read letters of apology. When an athelete does wrong, it is their right to do it. They are ATHELTE's. You should look away.

  • Reply E Double December 3, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Let all the perfect people speak now

  • Reply francis saxor December 5, 2017 at 12:57 am

    They think it is a funny joke but try it in Muslim countries where the punishment is chopped hands. These young boys are stupid compared to the students of Faith Academy here in Antipolo, Philippines. Oh i forgot….the parents of the latter were Christian missionaries

  • Reply STEPHEN GOH ENG HONG December 6, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Committed crimes in China and blame the Chinese? What kind of American fathers they have to teach them how to steal. In the end the blame game starts, they will accuse trump for being involved in their crimes as the mastermind for all these mass. Msm will make a hoo ha and totally agree with the children thieves, and blame God for trump to be born in America. And they will say Satan's daughter suppose to take the permanent crown of America.

  • Reply diana tralli December 10, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Are the majority of ucla students hispanics?

  • Reply Ruben Castro December 18, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    They're sorry after the fact, after the fact that they got caught. They'd be bragging about it back here to their friends if they got away with it. So dumb they probably would have posted it on facebook.

  • Reply Kimberly Nielson January 6, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Omgosh you're just sorry you got caught.

  • Reply Myth Girl December 3, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Americans are shoplifting pro. They are kids, they apologised. It's not enough? Go and check those who steal millions under the table instead of punishing teens.

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