Brittney Griner's wife, Cherrelle, is grateful for her return

Brittney Griner Return Makes Wife Cherelle Happy: 'My Heart Was Made Whole!'

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By Rima Pundir on December 13, 2022 at 4:00 AM EST

Brittney Griner is finally home, and one person who has an obvious cause for celebration is her wife, Cherelle, who posted about how her "heart was made whole thanks to the collective efforts of MANY."

Cherelle has been advocating the release of Griner ever since the WNBA star was arrested in Russia and imprisoned for nine years over drug-related charges.

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Brittney Griner Reunited With Wife Cherelle, Parents

Brittney Griner is back home and wife Cherelle is over the moon
Instagram | Cherelle Griner

WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert confirmed on Thursday that Griner was on her way to San Antonio, where she reunited with her wife, Cherelle, and her parents. This family reunion comes after Griner was detained in Russian for 10 months after being arrested and imprisoned on drug charges.

Engelbert also spoke about this was a "critical time" for the athlete and her family and that, "we're going to give her the appropriate space and time for that and then follow what Brittney and her family want to do about re-engaging with the WNBA."

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Brittney Griner's wife Cherelle posted on Instagram yesterday and spoke about their "journey to heal" as she thanked everyone who helped her in her campaign to get Brittney home, listing out some 50 names. The couple had gotten married in 2019, and 2022 has been a tough year for them both, only now can they begin to work towards getting their life back.

This is what WNBA had to say:

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Cherelle Is Humbled By The Love For Her & Brittney Griner

Brittney Griner is back home and wife Cherelle is over the moon
Instagram | Cherelle Griner

In an Instagram post on Saturday, Cherelle thanked more than 50 people by name. She mentioned The Women of The View; Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, Alyssa Farah Griffin as well as Joy Reid, Gayle King, Robin Roberts, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Tamika Mallory, and three congresspeople as well.

She also thanked a few organizations like the Biden-Harris Administration, given that it was President Joe Biden's final nod that got her released in a one-for-one prisoner swap for international arms dealer Viktor Bout on Thursday, as per CBS News.

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Wrote Cherelle in a long post accompanied by a picture collage of her and Brittney, "I'm humbled by their hearts. To care for another, a stranger to some, a friend to someโ€” is humanity in its purest form! As BG and I start our journey to heal our minds, bodies, and spiritsโ€” I wanted to personally say thank you to some of the hands; seen and unseen, that helped make it possible for me to see my wife again!"

She also made sure to speak about another US citizen who was still imprisoned in Russia, Paul Whelan, as she wrote, "I appreciate each and every one of you. Let's continue to use our hands, voices, platforms, and resources to bring Paul [Whelan] and all Americans home. All families deserve to be whole! Love, Cherelle Griner."

Meanwhile, Twitter is all praise for Cherelle:

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Nothing From BG Herself, Yet!

Brittney Griner is back home and wife Cherelle is over the moon
Instagram | Cherelle Griner

Cherelle's post began with an emotional statement, saying how "Yesterday my heart was made whole thanks to the collective efforts of MANY!"

Two months ago, Cherelle also wrote, "Today marks eight months without my person! I could never forget you, and will not rest until youโ€™re home. You should be home. Itโ€™s time to bring BG home!!"

Here's Cherelle Griner's thank you post:

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She had been a steadfast campaigner to get Griner home, and while many are happy to see the athlete finally come home, there are many who object to the fact that the US administration released Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, and that marine Paul Whelan was still imprisoned in Russia.

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Some on Twitter do put things into perspective, shutting down Griner's haters:

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