Ex-Ball State University football player Wendell Brown returned home to Detroit on Wednesday (September 25th) after serving three years in a Chinese prison for his involvement in a bar fight.
NBC News reported Brown was released on Tuesday (September 24th) and left China on an evening flight from Chongqing.
He was arrested in September 2016 on charges of intentional assault in a bar fight, and was convicted in June 2018.
After playing for Ball State and professionally in the Canadian Football League, Brown moved to China to coach.
On Sept. 24, 2016, Brown got involved in a nightclub incident after someone threw a bottle at him, according to his supporters. A local man accused Brown of intentionally injuring his eye, which had to be removed.
Brown has always maintained his innocence. He denied hitting the man at the bar and said he had raised his arms in self-defense after being attacked.
After having his sentence reduced by a Chinese court, Brown is finally heading home.
A video message of Brown thanking his supporters was posted on Twitter.
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart, sincerely. Thank you for all your love, support, prayers, positive energy, everything. I'm coming home."
Brown’s lawyer, Wu Junmei, and the Chinese courts provided no additional details about the release.
Welcome home, Wendell.