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After 3 years in Chinese prison, Detroit native and former CFL football player returns home

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Wendell Brown is greeted by friends and family members after arriving at Detroit Metropolitan Airport Wednesday morning.

After being held in a Chinese prison, a Detroit man is home. Wendell Brown was greeted by friends and family at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. He went to China to coach American football there, but an incident in a bar in 2016 led to a criminal conviction that Brown still disputes.

Michigan Radio’s Bryce Huffman was at the airport when Brown arrived early Wednesday morning.

He spoke to Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about Brown’s time coaching kids in China, his time in prison, and his homecoming.

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