Brittney Griner Convicted of Drug Smuggling: Celebrities React
Hoping for a solution. after Brittany Griner Convicted of drug trafficking in Russia, numerous WNBA players and other celebrities have stepped up to show their support for the athlete.
“Thinking of BG and what a merciless light he brought to those around him,” he tweeted. Briana Turner, who plays with the 31-year-old Olympic gold medalist in the Phoenix Mercury. “Even after the sentencing, I hope @POTUS and the @WhiteHouse continue to do everything in their power to bring back Brittany Griner and other Americans detained abroad.”
The Houston native was sentenced in a Russian court on Thursday, August 4, six months after she was arrested and detained at a Moscow airport. He was sentenced to 9 years in prison and a fine of 1 million rubles, or about $16,400.
After the court ruling, the president Joe Biden In a statement released by the White House, it called Greener’s sentence “unacceptable.” “Today, U.S. citizen Brittany Greiner received a prison sentence that is a reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Britney,” the 79-year-old former senator said. “This is unacceptable and I call on Russia to immediately release him so he can be with his wife, loved ones, friends and teammates.”
The former vice president continued: “My administration will continue to work tirelessly and find all possible ways to bring Brittany and Paul Whelan Go home safely as soon as possible.” (Whelan, 52, is a former Marine who has been detained in Russia since December 2018.)
Britney’s wife, Cheryl Greener, had previously criticized the Biden administration for failing to act to free the athlete. “At first, you know, I was told … we’re going to try to get through this [the] Scenes and, you know, let’s not elevate him and, you know, shut up and, you know, I did. CBS Mornings. And respectfully, it’s been over 140 days at this point, which isn’t working, and so I won’t be silent any longer.
Biden and the Vice President Kamala Harris He later called Cherelle to talk about Britney’s case and give her support. The president also wrote a letter to Britney, which Cheryl said brought her husband “a lot of joy” amid his arrest.
Cheryl said at a press conference in July: “I believe every word he said to him, he understood and he sees him as a person.” “And he has not forgotten him, which was his greatest cry in his letter.”
Commissioner of the WNBA Kathy Engelbert and the commissioner of the NBA Adam Silver It also weighed in on Britney’s sentencing in a joint statement Thursday, saying: “Today’s sentence is unjustified and regrettable, but not unexpected, and Brittney Griner remains wrongfully incarcerated.” The commitment of the WNBA and NBA to his safe return has not wavered and we hope to close this process and finally bring BG back home to the United States.
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