The itinerary called for a week of international goodwill events for UCLA’s basketball team leading up to its season opener.
There would be a trip to Shanghai Disney as well as a meet-and-greet with Joe Tsai, the co-founder of Chinese commerce giant Alibaba who extended his left arm and smiled while holding a cell phone aloft as he posed for a selfie with Bruins players standing behind him on a basketball court in Hangzhou.
Then came a most unwelcome diversion.
UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were involved in a shoplifting incident, according to a person close to the situation, clouding their futures and drastically altering the tenor of the Bruins’ trip.
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