The WNBA player Brittney Griner, detained in Russia since February and accused of carrying cartridges with cannabis oil to vape when she was going to take a planewrote this Monday to the president of the United States, Joe Biden, and asked for help to get out of prison and return home.
“I am terrified that I could be here forever”Griner wrote in one of the excerpts from that letter that her representatives provided to the chain ESPN.
“I am aware that you are dealing with many things, but please do not forget about me and the other detainees. Please do everything you can to get us home.”he added.
The sending of this letter coincides with the national holiday for the 4th of July, Independence Day of the United States.
“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 veteran of the Vietnam War.”Griner pointed out.
“It pains me to think how I normally celebrate this day because freedom means something completely different to me this year.”he added.
Griner, who said she voted for Biden in the 2020 election, said she continues to believe in the president and what she can do for her situation, and she also lamented the pain of her family and friends.
Brittney Griner, was arrested in Russia for alleged drug trafficking
“I miss my wife! I miss my family! I miss my teammates! It kills me to know that they are suffering so much right now. I am grateful for everything you can do right now to get me home.”he indicated.
THE KEYS TO HER DETENTION IN RUSSIA
Although her arrest was not made public until March 5, Griner was arrested at a Russian airport on February 17 and was accused of having cannabis oil vape cartridges in her luggage.
Griner was arrested for drug smuggling, could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and last Friday appeared in a Russian court after more than four months in preventive detention.
The Department of State of the United States determined that Griner is “wrongfully detained” in Russia.
Griner, 31, is with Diana Taurasi the main reference for the Phoenix Mercury, with whom she won the WNBA in 2014.
Regarded as one of the most dominant centers in the league, Griner is a seven-time WNBA All-Star and also has two Olympic gold medals.
Like other American players, Griner took advantage of the months when there is no WNBA competition to play in Russia, where her salary at UMMC Ekaterinburg (more than a million dollars per season) is more than four times the maximum can receive by agreement in the WNBA (228,094 dollars as a cap for this course).
Under the #WeAreBG campaign (#SomosBG, by Griner’s initials), both the WNBA and the NBA have turned in recent weeks to demand Griner’s release and her return to the United States.
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