Brittney Griner wants to go home!
The WNBA star was once a free woman, best known for her achievements as a center for the Phoenix Mercury team until one fateful encounter led to her imprisonment in Russia.
Now, the 31-year-old athlete has penned an emotional letter to President Joe Biden, seeking the lawmaker’s help to escape the prison she fears may be eternal.
Brittney Griner Writes Letter To President Joe Biden Begging Him For Her Freedom
As reported by ET, Griner’s family revealed that a handwritten letter from the Houston native was delivered to the White House on the morning of Monday, June 4.
The representatives for the basketball player also shared excerpts of the note to reporters, in which the imprisoned Olympic gold medalist implored the POTUS to intervene in her case.
The decorated athlete has been detained on Russian soil since mid-February after visiting the country to play a game during the WNBA off-season.
However, what was supposed to be a peaceful trip turned sour when authorities arrested the 31-year-old at a Moscow airport, claiming they found cannabis oil in her luggage.
In response to these allegations, a Russian judge ordered the WNBA champion to remain in custody for the duration of her trial, which began on July 1.
After months of isolation away from family and friends, Griner desperately wanted to return home and needed Biden’s help to escape her confinement.
“I’m terrified I might be here forever,” the three-time All-American wrote, recalling how her family has always honored the brave people who fought for their country’s freedom.
The Olympian, whose father is a Vietnam War Veteran, noted that her impressive lineage of freedom fighters made the 4th of July celebrations extra special at her home.
However, given her imprisonment, this year’s festivities struck a painful cord in the NCAA Champion’s heart as her conception of what freedom meant had completely changed.
The Wade Trophy begged the President not to abandon her and the other American detainees, imploring him to do everything he could to bring them home.
Griner seemed to have 100% trust in the lawmaker as she revealed in the letter that the first-time vote went to the politician during the 2020 elections. Her message read:
“I believe in you. I still have so much good to do with my freedom that you can help restore.”
On the bright side, the US Government shared similar sentiments with the Wade award winner, declaring that the Houston native was being wrongfully detained.
Unfortunately, the 31-year-old’s case occurred at a bad time as America and Russia relations have not been at the highest point because of the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Nonetheless, the country has no plans of forsaking its citizens as shared by Adrienne Watson, spokeswoman for the National Security Council.
On Monday, the representative assured the public that they firmly stood behind the WNBA star, noting that Biden and the government were doing everything in their power to bring all U.S. nationals home.
Watson revealed that the President’s team regularly contacted the imprisoned athlete’s family and promised to continue supporting them. Griner’s wife, Cherelle, and loved ones shared no further comments about the letter.
The AP Player Of The Year’s Imprisonment Was Unfairly Extended To July
Last month, INSIDER reported that the basketball player’s detainment was extended to July, marking the second time that the Russian government has added time to Griner’s pretrial incarceration.
Following the heartbreaking news, Aron Solomon, the Chief Legal Analyst for Esquire Digital, explained that this extension was “as fictitious as any other date,” claiming that the government would never release the athlete.
According to the legal expert, Russia could not be trusted as they planned to make the two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award winner a scapegoat. In his words:
“This ‘hearing’ will never happen. She will either be clandestinely found guilty and sent to a prison camp or she will be in a prisoner swap.”
For allegedly hiding cannabis oil in her luggage, the Houston native faces up to 10 years in prison and Solomon believed that the 31-year-old would not receive a “fair and equitable legal process.”
The expert stated that Griner’s best chance at freedom would be through a US–Russia “political detainee exchange” like the one that freed Trevor Reed, an American detainee in April.