Brittney Griner: Cherelle Griner opens up about emotional turmoil following wife’s detention in Russia


Earlier this month, a Russian court extended WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Griner’s remand until at least June after his arrest.

According to Russian authorities, Griner had cannabis oil in her luggage and was charged with smuggling large amounts of a narcotic, an offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

“I was numb. I couldn’t move, and then I said, ‘You have to get up now,'” Cherelle Griner said on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ of when she learned of the arrest of his wife.

Griner added that he communicated with his wife “sporadically here and there” through letters and “absolutely” wanted to discuss the situation with US President Joe Biden.

“I keep hearing he has the power,” Griner said. “She’s a political pawn, so if they’re holding her because they want you [Biden] do something, so I want you to do it.”

Three weeks ago, the State Department classified Griner as wrongfully detained.
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has previously said the State Department is working the case day and night, and that Cherelle Griner shouldn’t hesitate to reach out if there’s anything she doesn’t. not get.

However, Griner said she wasn’t sure if his wife was a priority in the way Blinken described.

“I don’t know,” she said. “He said she was the top priority, but I want to see him. I feel like that would be me seeing BG on American soil. At this point, I don’t even know who I’m picking up when she come back .”


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