The wife of Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has gone to the media in an attempt to help get the WNBA star home from Russia.
Cherelle Griner implored President Joe Biden on Wednesday to do whatever it took to bring about Brittney Griner’s release.
“I just keep hearing, ‘He has the power,’ ‘She’s political pawn,'” Cherelle Griner said during an interview that aired Wednesday on ‘Good Morning America’. “If they’re holding her because they want you (Biden) to do something then I want you to do it.”
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In the interview, Cherelle Griner said she wants to see more action from the government in getting Brittney Griner released.
She said that she was “grateful” for getting a call from Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, but it wasn’t enough.
“You say she’s top priority, but I wanna see it, and I feel like to see it would be me seeing BG on U.S. soil,” she said.
“At this point I don’t even know who I’m getting back when she comes back.”
Brittney Griner has been detained since Feb. 17 after vaping cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage while going through an airport outside of Moscow.
Brittney Griner could land in prison for 10 years on drug smuggling charges.
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Cherelle Griner shared more thoughts on President Biden and the role he could play in Brittney Griner’s release in an interview with ESPN.
“There is one person that can go get her, and that’s our president,” Griner told ESPN’s Angela Rye. “He has that power. You know, I’m just like, ‘Why are we not using it? Like, urgently, use it.’ We’re expecting him to use his power to get it done.”
In the ESPN interview, Cherelle Griner said she wanted to see more urgency from the government in getting Brittney Griner’s release, telling ESPN that if it was an NBA player detained in Russia, there would be more urgency.
“We do live in a world that, the bigger the platform, the bigger the urgency,” she said.
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Cherelle Griner says she has only communicated with her wife through an occasional letter since Brittney Griner was taken into custody.
“BG would wholeheartedly love to not go (play) overseas,” Cherelle Griner told Good Morning America. “She has only had one Thanksgiving in the states in the nine years that she has been pro and she misses all that stuff because she can’t make enough money in the WNBA to sustain her life.”
She told ESPN: “She’s the glue to our family. She is literally the kindest, sweetest person you will ever meet, and it’s very genuine. When we have been able to communicate, via letters, she’s like, ‘I am so sorry I’m making your life hard right now. Don’t give up on me, though.’ And I’m like, ‘I’m not going to give up on you. This isn’t your fault.'”
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USA TODAY Sports’ Analis Bailey contributed to this story.
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