UCLA Basketball Players Arrested in China Thank Trump: ‘We Really Appreciate You Helping Us Out’

President Donald Trump was looking for a thank you — and he got it.

At a news conference on Wednesday, three UCLA basketball players who were arrested in China for shoplifting expressed their gratitude to Trump for intervening on their behalf — efforts which included a personal appeal to China’s President, Xi Jinping.

“To President Trump and the United States government, thank you for taking the time to intervene on our behalf,” said Cody Riley, one of the three arrested players. “We really appreciate you helping us out.”

Riley’s sentiment was echoed by the other two Bruins who were implicated — LiAngelo Ball and Jalen Hill. Ball is the most well-known of the three players, as he is the brother of L.A. Lakers star rookie Lonzo Ball, and the son of LaVar Ball — whose hyperbolic promotion of his sons has made him a household name.

“I would also like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they provided as well,” Ball said. “I’m grateful to be back home and I’ll never make a mistake like this again.”

During the news conference, all three players admitted to shoplifting — a crime which Trump claimed carried as much as a 10 year penalty in China. The Washington Post, however, reported a two to three year maximum sentence.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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