Brittney Griner has asked for help. As she is currently being held in Russia, the WNBA star wrote a note to President Joe Biden. Griner, who is currently in Russia since February and has made it clear that she is willing to return home. “I’m terrified I might be here forever.”
Griner wrote the following letter. “I realize you are dealing with so much, but please don’t forget about me and the other detainees. Please do all you can to bring us home.”Griner was charged with trying to smuggle vape cartridges containing hashish oil into Russia. Her trial began Friday. The trial could lead to a lengthy sentence and conviction for U.S. officials. ESPN. Griner was able send and receive messages to friends and family. However, Griner’s representative refused to reveal how the letter from Biden reached Griner in jail.
“On the 4th of July, our family normally honors the service of those men who fought for our freedom, including my father who is a Vietnam War Veteran,”Another part of the letter was read. “It hurts thinking about how I usually celebrate this day because freedom means something completely different to me this year.”
Griner’s trial continues through Thursday. Griner could plead guilty, which would increase her chances of being allowed to return home. Russian officials require confessions. ” … as I sit here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, family, friends, Olympic jersey, or any accomplishments, I’m terrified I might be here forever.”
Russian state media reports that Griner is being considered for trade for Viktor Bout. Viktor Bout is a Russian man serving a 25-year sentence for financing terrorist financing. Griner’s family has been pressing the White House and U.S. State Department to make a deal so Griner can return home. Griner is one of WNBA’s greatest players. Griner was drafted in 2013 by the Phoenix Mercury. He has been on the WNBA All-Star roster eight times, won Defensive Player Of The Year twice, and led the Mercury towards a title in 2014.