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Basketball player Brittney Griner makes an anguished request to Joe Biden: “I am terrified that I can be here (in Russia) forever” | Other Sports | Sports

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The WNBA basketball player Brittney Griner, detained in Russia since February and accused of carrying cartridges with hashish oil to vape when she was going to take a plane, wrote this Monday to the president of the United States, Joe Biden, and asked him 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 their representatives provided to the ESPN network.

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“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 Fourth 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 said.

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“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 he voted for Biden in the 2020 election, said he continues to believe in the president and what he can do for his situation, and he also lamented the pain of his family and friends.

“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 I can do right now to take me home,” he said.

Arrested in Russia

Although his arrest was not made public until March 5, Griner was arrested at a Russian airport on February 17 and accused of having vape cartridges containing hashish oil 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 US State Department determined that Griner is “wrongfully detained” in Russia.

Griner, 31, is with Diana Taurasi the main reference for the Phoenix Mercury, with whom he won the WNBA in 2014.

Considered 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 his return to the United States. (D)

Source: Eluniverso

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