Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2022-07-06 12:46:26 –
After the president received a letter from Brittney Griner, who was imprisoned in Russia, President Joe Biden and WNBA star Brittney Griner’s wife, Cherelle Griner, spoke on the phone Wednesday.
Greener has been detained in Russia since February, a few weeks before the country began its invasion of Ukraine. In the letter, Greener reportedly called for Biden’s help to be released.
Greener was reportedly arrested for possessing hash oil. Like many WNBA stars, Greener plays abroad during the off-season.
She met a judge in Russia last week on suspicion. She could face 10 years in prison for criminal charges.
However, US officials said they were working towards the release of Greener.
“The president called Cherel and told her that he was working to secure the release of Britney and the release of Paul Whelan and other U.S. citizens who were illegally detained or held hostage in Russia and around the world. He reassured her that he also read to her a draft letter that the president is sending to Britney Greener today, “Whitehouse said in a statement.
The White House added that it is pursuing “every way to bring Britney home.” Biden has instructed National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to maintain contact with Cherelle Griner.
The 31-year-old has been one of the most prolific stars in the league since her professional debut in 2013. She is a seven-time All-Star and has consistently been one of the WNBA’s top scorers.