The three UCLA basketball players arrested for shoplifting in China last week thanked President Donald Trump at Wednesday’s press conference for helping to secure their release while admitting to their crimes.
‘I would like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they’ve provided as well,’ said LiAngelo Ball, a freshman forward and the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.
The gratitude was expressed after Trump tweeted earlier on Wednesday, ‘Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!’
On Tuesday, Trump indicated he had a conversation about the three players’ situation with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
The effort was successful as the three players returned home late Tuesday afternoon, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal. All three have been suspended indefinitely by the team.
Even if Trump did solicit the recognition, Ball and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill all thanked the President for speaking to Xi about their predicament during Trump’s recent visit to China.
‘To President Trump and the United States government, thank you for taking the time to intervene on our behalf,’ Riley said. ‘We really appreciate you helping us out.’
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