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LaVar Ball could not help himself.

After saying he would not speak about his son LiAngelo's arrest in China, the Big Baller patriarch spoke to ESPN while exiting his Shanghai hotel.

"I'm going to wait until I get more intel on what's going on," a subdued LaVar said Wednesday, per ESPN's Arash Markazi. "He'll be fine. Everyone's making it a big deal. It ain't that big a deal."

LiAngelo, 18, was released on bail early Wednesday, along with UCLA teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, after they were taken into custody Tuesday on shoplifting charges. Police are insisting the trio remain at a Hangzhou hotel until the legal process is over, ESPN.com reports. It is unclear how long that will take. The rest of the team has now gone to Shanghai, where they will open the season Friday against Georgia Tech at the Baoshan Arena.

The players were questioned about stealing from a Louis Vuitton boutique, located near the team's hotel. If convicted, the trio could face between three and 10 years in prison, according to Yahoo Sports.

"We are aware of the matter involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China and we are gathering more information," the team said Tuesday in a statement. "The University is cooperating fully with local authorities on this matter, and we have no further comment at this time."

At the least, LiAngelo, LaVar's middle child, has put his UCLA career on hold as he, Riley and Hill will not be playing in UCLA's opener.

jhendricks@nypost.com

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