WNBPA calls for renewed action to release Brittney Griner from Russian custody

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“Brittney Griner is our teammate, friend and sister. She’s a record breaker, gold medalist, wife, daughter, champion, role model, star and so much more,” said the The WNBA said in a statement Saturday.

“At this time, BG is a US citizen who was wrongfully detained in Russia for 100 days. That’s 144,000 minutes.”

The two-time Olympic gold medalist was arrested in February at a Moscow airport while playing for UMMC Yekaterinburg during the WNBA offseason.

Russian authorities claimed to have found cannabis oil in her luggage and charged her with smuggling large quantities of a narcotic, an offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Earlier this month, a Russian court extended the 31-year-old athlete’s pretrial detention until at least June.

The US government said Griner was wrongfully detained and the State Department was working to negotiate her release.

The WNBPA statement calls to action from professional and amateur athletes, as well as the media and fans.

“To our sisters, brothers and colleagues in professional sports: sign the petition, organize your own press clippings, please. Help us reach the White House.

“To athletes of any age, ability level, team, sport or country: she is OUR teammate. A member of OUR global sporting community, we must stand up and unite to demand her release. Speak up, speak up, and don’t stop. not until BG is home.

“To the media: Write the BG story. Use your platform and your voices.

“To everyone listening: go to WeAreBG.org and sign the petition, call the White House and call everyone you know. If you know anyone in the Biden administration, CALL THEM.

The statement also calls on President Joe Biden to meet directly with Cherelle Griner, the athlete’s wife.

“Cherelle NEEDS to meet President Biden. His person, our sister, has been wrongfully detained for 100 days. You heard our pleas. You heard the pleas of BG’s wife, Cherelle. And now more than ever , we need you to support us, and bring his person home.”

Earlier Saturday, Cherelle Griner posted on her Instagram pleading for action from President Biden: “100 days wrongfully detained, @potus bring BG home!”

Cherelle Griner concluded the post with a link to the petition calling for the basketball player’s quick and safe return to the United States.

On Wednesday, Cherelle Griner gave her first interview since her wife’s arrest on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” in which she said she spoke to Brittney “sporadically” in letters and wanted to ” absolutely” speak to President Biden about his ongoing detention.



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