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Wendell Brown is a free man after serving three years in a southwest China prison for a crime he didn't commit. Brown, 33, hugged his mother, Antoinette Brown, and other relatives at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Romulus, Mich.

Brown returned from China where he was imprisoned for defending himself in a bar fight. He was in China teaching English and American football to children when he was arrested in September 2016 and charged with intentional assault.

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A crowd of supporters greeted him with cheers upon his arrival. Brown told reporters he's been "waiting on this moment for years."

Brown's mother previously stated she would gladly give credit to President Trump if he appealed to the Chinese government to release her son.

It isn't clear if Trump intervened on Brown's behalf.

Brown played for Ball State University in Indiana.