Maryland Native Playing Professional Basketball In Ukraine Said He's Stuck In The Country
The 6-foot-5 guard said his team refused to let him leave the country before the attack.
February 28, 2022 at 7:36 pm
Maurice "Mo" Creek, a Maryland native playing professional basketball in a Ukrainian league, said he's now stuck in the war-torn European country.
"My mother is crying every day, my father is worried sick, my brothers are calling me nonstop every day," Creek told ABC 7.
The 6-foot-5 guard is stranded in the city of Mykolaiv as Russia continues to launch attacks across the country. He said he has been hiding in his apartment or in a bomb shelter, hoping to stay safe from the explosions nearby.
While the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine is closed, Creek has been staying in touch with his agent and his family in Maryland. So far, however, he hasn't found a plan to safely cross the border.
Creek, who plays for MBC MYKOLAIV of the Ukrainian Basketball SuperLeague, said the team refused to let him leave when he tried to escape before the conflict escalated. The team, according to Creek, downplayed the war and told him he wouldn't get paid if he left.
Hey DMV, this man needs our help!
In a story that you first saw on @7NewsDC, Oxon Hill native and @GW_MBB grad @Mo_Creek is stuck in Ukraine.
He can't find a way out.
His professional basketball team there @mbc_mykolaiv has not helped.
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— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) February 25, 2022