Although the basketball player used to be known as the center for the Phoenix Mercury team, Griner’s name has been making headlines ever since she was detained in Russia. She recently made an emotional plea to President Joe Biden for her release, but it remains to be seen what Biden will do.
In the meantime, plenty of celebrities have been speaking up and showing their support for her online.
Kim Kardashian & Amy Schumer Show Their Support For Brittney Griner
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Earlier this week, the “Inside Amy Schumer” star posted a screenshot of a headline reading, “First photos of WNBA’s Brittney Griner appearing in a Russian court.” Griner looks utterly bewildered in the photograph, and her hands appeared to be cuffed in front of her.
“Let’s go everybody. This is not okay. #freebrittneygriner now. All hands on deck. Make some noise,” Amy wrote.
On Wednesday, July 6, the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star shared Amy’s post to her Instagram Stories. The SKIMS founder added the hashtag #FreeBrittneyGriner.
Anneliese van der Pol commented, “It’s so terrible and upsetting. She must be so scared. What do we do!?????!!!!” Lisa Rinna added, “Yes!!!!!! We need to get her out of there stat!!!!!”
“If this was a male NBA player it would be EVERYWHERE,” another user shared. “She does not look right at all.”
Fortunately, NBA star LeBron James has used his platform to put a spotlight on this issue as well.
LeBron James Says We Need To Bring Brittney Griner Home ‘Quickly and Safely’
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 6, 2022
NBA legend LeBron James took to Twitter to call for action. “We need to come together and help do whatever we possibly can to bring BG home quickly and safely!!” he tweeted. “Our voice as athletes is stronger together.”
The world needs to be talking about #BrittneyGriner. Action NEEDS to be taken.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) June 30, 2022
“Scandal” actress Kerry Washington tweeted, “The world needs to be talking about #BrittneyGriner. Action NEEDS to be taken.”
Thank you for saying this. I’m so confused as to why this is not a bigger story.
— Monica Davis Jackson (@Moni2424) July 1, 2022
“Thank you for saying this,” one fan commented. “I’m so confused as to why this is not a bigger story.”
The news seems to be making more headlines as Griner’s handwritten letter to the POTUS makes headlines.
Brittney Griner’s Handwritten Letter To Joe Biden Makes Headlines
According to CNN, Griner was able to send a handwritten letter to President Joe Biden asking for her release.
“(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,” she wrote, according to a statement.
Griner, 31, was arrested on February 17 at a Moscow airport before Russia invaded Ukraine. Russian authorities claim she had cannabis oil in her luggage and accused her of trying to smuggle it into the country, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
“I realize you are dealing with so much, but please don’t forget about me and the other American Detainees. Please do all you can to bring us home,” Brittney wrote to Biden. “I voted for the first time in 2020 and I voted for you. I believe in you. I still have so much good to do with my freedom that you can help restore. I miss my wife! I miss my family! I miss my teammates! It kills me to know they are suffering so much right now. I am grateful for whatever you can do at this moment to get me home.”
On Wednesday, Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to Brittney’s wife, Cherelle Griner, over the phone, as reported by CNN.
The White House said, “The President called Cherelle to reassure her that he is working to secure Brittney’s release as soon as possible, as well as the release of Paul Whelan and other US nationals who are wrongfully detained or held hostage in Russia and around the world. He also read her a draft of the letter the President is sending to Brittney Griner today.”
The White House said Biden is in “regular contact” with the Griner family and “offered his support to Cherelle and Brittney’s family, and he committed to ensuring they are provided with all possible assistance while his administration pursues every avenue to bring Brittney home.”