UCLA basketball players thank Trump for 'helping us out' after tweet
UCLA basketball players thank Trump for 'helping us out' after tweet

UCLA basketball players thanked President Donald Trump for “helping us out,” after a Twitter nudge from the commander-in-chief who worked to get China to drop shoplifting charges against them.

“Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!,” tweeted the President.

At a press conference Wednesday, Cody Riley thanked President Trump for securing his release.

“To President Trump and the United States government, thank you for taking the time to intervene on our behalf,” UCLA basketball player Cody Riley said.

“I would like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they’ve provided as well,” LiAngelo Ball said in a press conference on Wednesday.

“Thank you to the United States government and President Trump for your efforts to bring us home,” the third player, Jalen Hill, said.


LiAngelo Ball also thanked President Trump.

But earlier in the day, Trump was apparently hearing crickets from the trio and asked where was the gratitude. See: Trump just said what everyone else was thinking about the UCLA players he sprung…

The three players were arrested after being accused of stealing designer sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou.

During his visit to Bejing last week, Fox News confirmed that Trump personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the case.

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Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, the leader of the western U.S. collegiate athletic conference, said that the matter had “been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities.”

LA Times reports:

Trump said Tuesday that he had spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about the three athletes, who were taken into custody while in Hangzhou for a game against Georgia Tech.

Their teammates left China after the game, but freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were held until Tuesday, when they boarded a plane in Shanghai. When they arrived in Los Angeles, the three ignored reporters’ questions. They planned to speak at a news conference Wednesday.

The players have not explained the circumstances of their confinement, but Trump on Tuesday said that “what they did was unfortunate.”

“You know, you’re talking about very long prison sentences,” he said, then added of the Chinese: “They do not play games.”

At the press conference, UCLA men’s basketball coach Steve Alford said “I can’t thank enough the incredible folks here at UCLA, at the Pac-12 and even President Trump and his administration for the nonstop efforts to resolve this situation.”

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