The three UCLA basketball players who were arrested in China for shoplifting last week each individually thanked President Donald Trump for helping bring them home.
In a press conference Wednesday, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley issued individual apologies after returning to the United States on Tuesday night, a week after being arrested in Hangzhou, China. And as part of their apologies, each player mentioned Trump, who wondered on Twitter earlier Wednesday whether he would receive their thanks.
“To President Trump and the United States government, thank you for taking the time to intervene on our behalf,” freshman Riley said. “We really appreciate you helping us out.”
Hill mentioned the Chinese police in his statement.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in this whole ordeal,” Hill said. “Thank you to the police department, which treated us very well. Thank you to the Pac-12 and the whole UCLA community that helped us the whole way. And thank you to the United States government and President Trump for your efforts to bring us home.”
Ball, younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, is the most high-profile member of the group.
“I would also like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help they provided, as well,” Ball said.