UCLA officials released a statement explaining that it was “aware” of a “situation” involving UCLA basketball players in Shanghai. Coach Steve Alford announced that several players were being benched before an exhibition game in China sans explanation. Turns out that the players were benched because they are in the hoosegow on shoplifting charges. Some “situation.”
The Barometer cannot understand their need for shoplifting. All three players are freshmen. Given what some college players are raking in during recruiting, surely one of them could afford to pay.
The exhibition games in China are a means for drumming up interest among Chinese young people and their parents college education in the United States. The tuition the international students pay helps the universities and their deficits. Ah, the beckon call: Come study in the United States at a first-rate university. Learn shoplifting!