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LaVar Ball will withdraw suspended son LiAngelo from UCLA

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, UCLA's Lonzo Ball (2) greets his brother LaMelo Ball, left, after scoring 20 points in UCLA's 114-77 win over Long Beach State in an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles. Behind Lonzo Ball are his brother LiAngelo Ball and father, LaVar Ball, right.
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, UCLA's Lonzo Ball (2) greets his brother LaMelo Ball, left, after scoring 20 points in UCLA's 114-77 win over Long Beach State in an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles. Behind Lonzo Ball are his brother LiAngelo Ball and father, LaVar Ball, right.
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The father of UCLA guard LiAngelo Ball says he plans to withdraw his son from school because of concerns related to the freshman's indefinite suspension for his admitted participation in a shoplifting incident during the Bruins' trip to China.

The younger Ball, along with freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, have been barred from all team activities as part of their suspension for shoplifting from three high-end stores last month when UCLA opened its season overseas.

LaVar Ball told the Los Angeles Times and ESPN on Monday that he's going to explore other options for LiAngelo because "I'm not going to let him sit back and not practice."

The elder Ball says he hasn't spoken to the school about withdrawing his son. "I'm taking him and I'm gone," he told the Times.

UCLA coach Steve Alford says he respects the Ball family's decision and wishes LiAngelo all the best in the future.