Locked-out WNBA star Greener appeals to Biden: ‘Bring me home’ | Basketball news

Basketball star Brittney Greener is calling on the US president to do everything possible to secure her release from a Russian prison.

American basketball star Brittney Griner appealed to President Joe Biden to do everything he could to secure her release from prison in Russia, saying in a letter that she was “terrified” that she could be locked up forever.

Griner Representatives, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) all stars and two-time Olympic gold medalist, released excerpts of the letter on Monday, the same day her agent Lindsey Kagawa Colas said it had been delivered to the White House.

“As I sit here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, family, friends, an Olympic jersey or any accomplishments, I am terrified that I could be here forever,” Greener said in hand-written notes. .

“On the Fourth of July, our family usually honors the service of those who fought for our freedom, including my father, who is a Vietnam War veteran,” she added, referring to Independence Day in USA.

“It hurts to think about how I usually celebrate this day, because freedom means something completely different to me this year.”

Greener was arrested at the airport in the Russian capital in mid-February on charges of carrying vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage.

Her detention comes at a time of heightened tensions between Russia and the US over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the Biden administration said she is “unlawfully detained”.

Griner’s process started in Moscow on July 1. Two witnesses were questioned by the prosecution: an airport customs official who spoke in open court, and an unidentified witness in closed court, according to state news agency RIA-Novosti.

The trial was then adjourned as two other witnesses failed to appear, and the next hearing was scheduled for July 7.

American chargé d’affaires Elizabeth Rudd told reporters at the trial that Greener told her he was “keeping the faith” and that he was doing “as well as can be expected.”

The Biden administration previously said it did delivery job Greener and another American, Michigan corporate security executive Paul Whalen, a native of Russia, and that their cases remain a priority.

In Monday’s letter, Greener urged Biden to use his powers to secure her return.

“Please do everything you can to bring us home. I voted for the first time in 2020 and I voted for you. I believe in you. I still have so much to do with my freedom that you can help me get it back,” she said.

“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 anything you can do at this time to bring me home.”

Griner’s imprisonment sparked calls for action from America’s top athletes, including her WNBA teammates, who met with representatives of the US State Department in mid-June to press for her release.

“We’re here to do everything we can to grow and keep BG at the forefront, which is more important than any basketball game and anything else going on in our lives,” Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi said in a statement , distributed by a team at the time.

The WNBA Players Association also called for action Monday, saying on Twitter: “It’s pretty hard to enjoy a day meant to celebrate independence when one of our citizens, Brittney Griner, is STILL wrongfully detained in Russia.”

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