Brittney Griner’s unjust incarceration in Russia has rallied the sports community in support of the WNBA star’s return to the United States. Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James questioned why Griner would want to return to a country that has taken so long to help her.
How can she now feel as though America has her back? James said in a YouTube promo for the most recent edition of his talk show “The Shop: Uninterrupted.” “I would ask myself, ‘Do I even want to return to America?'”
Griner was arrested in February in Moscow after the Russian Federal Customs Service allegedly discovered hashish oil-containing vape pen cartridges in her purse. Griner pled guilty to narcotics possession last week and will return to court on Thursday.
James tweeted his support for the seven-time All-Star immediately after the U.S. State Department characterised Griner’s situation as an unlawful detention at the beginning of June.
James’ Uninterrupted multimedia portal is also selling “We Are BG” T-shirts, with the proceeds going to The BG Advocacy Fund, managed by Griner’s family to cover the legal fees related with her release.
It is unknown when the episode that will premiere on Friday in its entirety was taped. James references Griner’s detention for more than 110 days in the trailer; Griner’s timeline in Russia passed the 110-day milestone nearly five weeks ago.
Vanessa Nygaard, Griner’s coach on the Phoenix Mercury, referenced James last week to make a point about the country’s delayed response to the detention of the centre.
“If it were LeBron, he would be at home, correct?” Nygaard told reporters. “It is a statement regarding the worth of women. It is a remark regarding the worth of Black people. It is a declaration regarding the worth of homosexuals. Each of the items. “Because we know it, it hurts a little more.”
This past weekend in Chicago, during the second half of the WNBA All-Star Game, every player wore a jersey with Griner’s surname and number 42 inscribed on it.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that the United States will continue to strive for the release of Griner and other Americans detained by Russia, including former Marine Paul Whelan.
Last Thursday, he wrote, “We will not rest until Brittney, Paul Whelan, and all other unfairly jailed Americans are reunited with their loved ones.”
Monday, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan stated that former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson had contacted the National Security Council, but he would not comment on Richardson’s travel plans or intentions. According to a source who spoke with ABC News, Richardson intends to travel to Russia and work on Griner’s release.