"I take full responsibility for the mistakes I have made, shoplifting", Riley told reporters. "Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out", he added.
The three UCLA players thanked President Trump "for intervening on [their] behalf" in their statements upon returning to the United States.
Ball also insisted that the crime his son was accused of was no big deal.
LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley - admitted to stealing items from three different stores during their Chinese team trip and game against Georgia Tech on Saturday.
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Her performance there won her the 2005 Rookie of the Year award for both the Indianapolis 500 as well as the full IndyCar season. However, this isn't the end of her career as she will compete in two races next season: the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500.
In a press conference a few hours after Trump's comments, the three men held a press conference in which they apologized to China for shoplifting and thanked President Trump for raising their case with Jinping. "They were headed for 10 years in jail!" he wrote on Twitter.
LaVar Ball and President Donald Trump are no strangers when it comes to "going there", so it comes as no surprise whatsoever that Ball responded to the president getting his son out of trouble in China by saying: Trump who? All three players returned to the States this week and are indefinitely suspended by the program. After being detained, he was finally allowed to depart for the USA, with president Donald Trump playing a huge part in it by giving Chinese president Xi Jinping a call for his release. "I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses". My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn't define him.
"Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things, and they get stuck on them too long", he concluded. "I know that this goes beyond me letting my school down". Sources previously told ESPN that the situation was likely to be resolved in several weeks, but Trump was visiting China and claimed to have brought the matter up with Xi Jinping.