According to WJLA, Maurice Creek, a Maryland native who is currently playing basketball in Ukraine, has crossed the border into safety after being trapped in the nation due to Russia’s invasion.
Creek crossed the border into Moldova and tweeted, “Took me 12 hours but finally out of Ukraine. Next stop, back to Romania.”
According to WJLA, the George Washington University alumnus has been playing professional basketball in Ukraine since 2019.
“Every day, I’m on the phone with my agent, trying to get out of here as soon as possible,” Creek told Fox News. “Hopefully, I can get to one of these borders and get out of here.”
He was previously playing for the Ukrainian Basketball SuperLeague and was stuck in the city of Mykolaiv in the country’s south.
“I’ve been going back and forth between my apartment and the bomb shelter that they put me in to be safe because the war is going on around our area,” the 31-year-old, 6-foot-5 guard said, The Washington Post reports. “So we just have to be as safe as possible, keep our heads held low.”
Creek claimed to be the lone American left on the league’s teams, and accused his team, MBC Mykolaiv, of preventing him from fleeing the coming conflict zone, as Blavity previously reported.
According to the Washington Post, the baseball star claimed that Russian forces invaded Ukraine on Thursday and that there was “no strategy” to assist him in leaving the country.
Creek also expressed his belief that the U.S. “Scoop me up and get me out of here,” the Embassy would say.
According to ABC 7’s Scott Abraham, Creek will return to the United States on Thursday.
The Maryland native revealed that he intended to flee the nation before the war began, but the team refused to pay him and he couldn’t find a way out. Creek remarked, “I’m terrified, I’m terrified.” “I’m not just that because I’m in it, I’m saying it because it’s real. I’m not gonna lie, I’m terrified right now. It’s a terrible time, so I can use all the comfort and need all the love and support I can get.”
“Bring home Maurice Mo Creek “Buddy,” a GoFundMe page has been set up by the Creek family.
“Hi my name is Bj Dupree my nephew is a US professional basketball player stuck in the Ukraine in the middle of this war.. we need to get him to the closest boarder to get him home to America.. please help if you can help in any way we would greatly appreciate it.”
Before joining Hargrave Military Academy, Creek attended Oxon Hill High School. In 2013–2014, the 6-foot-5 guard attended George Washington University on a collegiate level. He began playing professionally in Ukraine with MBC MYKOLAIV in 2019.
Creek has found a ride and may be traveling to the border after all, according to a recent Twitter tweet.
Update from #Romania
Everyone meet @Mo_Creek who’s shielding in a basement in #Ukraine We’ve been working day & night to get him to the border from an undisclosed hot spot. Arranging his evacuation today or tomorrow morning. Please send positive messages, he needs them
Update from #Romania
@Mo_Creek just called, sounded like he was in a car because he’s in a car on the way to the border leaving #Ukraine! Mikhail arranged a driver by some miracle. If I had anymore tears left, I’d be crying with joy right now. A rare glimmer of hope during a war
Great news everyone! After standing in the freezing cold for 6-8 hours at the border. @Mo_Creek crossed the Moldova border from #Ukraine at 01:20 & is now in Romania. I booked him a room, tracking his GPS following his journey to Bucharest.
Mo is safe!!!!!