Brittney Griner sends letter to White House asking for help | Sports
WNBA star Brittney Griner, detained in Russia for more than four months, wrote a letter sent by her representatives to the White House asking President Joe Biden to help bring her home.
“As I sit here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, my family, my friends, my Olympic jersey or any achievement, I am terrified of be here forever,” Griner wrote, according to excerpts. of the letter published by its representatives on Monday.
Griner was arrested on February 17 – days before Russia invaded Ukraine – before she boarded a flight from Moscow to US police, said she was carrying cartridges container containing cannabis oil.
Now, the Phoenix Mercury center faces a drug transport charge that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years if convicted. Griner’s trial began Friday in a court near Moscow.
Given tensions between the United States and Russia over the latter’s war in Ukraine, Russia’s detention of Griner was seen as a negotiating ploy.
The delivery of Griner’s letter to Biden coincided with Independence Day.
“On July 4, our family normally honors the service of those who fought for our freedom, including my father who is a Vietnam War veteran,” Griner wrote. “It hurts to think about how I usually celebrate this day because freedom means something completely different to me this year.
“I realize you have so much to do, but please don’t forget me and the other American inmates. Please do whatever you can to get us home. J first voted in 2020 and voted for you I believe I still have so much good to do with my freedom that you can help me restore.
“I miss my wife! I miss my family! I miss my teammates! It kills me to know they are in so much pain right now. I am grateful for whatever you can do right now to bring me home. “