UCLA extends Cody Riley, Jalen Hill suspensions to end of 2017-18 season
UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero and men's basketball head coach Steve Alford announced Friday afternoon the suspensions of Cody Riley and Jalen Hill have been extended until the end of the 2017-18 season. Neither player will be allowed to travel with the team or dress for home games, but they will be allowed to participate in team meetings and practices starting Dec. 26.
Last month, Riley, Hill and LiAngelo Ball were detained by authorities in Hangzhou, China for shoplifting prior to the Pac-12 China Game against Georgia Tech. All three were released by the authorities and returned to the United States on Nov. 14. The trio was suspended indefinitely by UCLA upon their return and Ball subsequently left the university.
Here is Dan Guerrero's statement on Friday's decision to extend the suspensions of Riley and Hill:
“While we acknowledge the difficulties that both Cody and Jalen have faced since returning to campus, we also know that their actions in China were contrary to the values of UCLA and harmful to both the university and our basketball program. As members of the Bruin family, it is our responsibility to help them grow from this situation. We will continue to support them as students, as athletes and as young men, and we hope that they will use this as a learning experience.”
And here's Steve Alford's statement on the matter:
“Cody and Jalen are a part of our basketball and university families, and we will continue to support them as they serve their suspensions. Since returning from China, they have done everything asked of them and continued to work hard in the classroom and in their own personal workouts. I’ve told our players all along that actions have consequences, and the season-long suspension shows how seriously we take their misconduct. Though they will not suit up for games or travel with the team, I look forward to their return after the Christmas holiday. I am confident that they will make significant contributions to the university moving forward.”