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LeBron James pressures Biden administration to bring Brittney Griner home ‘quickly and safely’


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LeBron James joined growing support for Brittney Griner on Sunday as the WNBA star remained in custody in Russia following her February arrest.

James called on the Biden administration to bring Griner home “quickly and safely” and directed his supporters to a QR code to learn more about the detention of the Phoenix Mercury Center overseas.

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WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner leaves a courtroom after a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 13, 2022.
(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

“For over 100 days, BG faced inhumane conditions in a Russian prison and was denied communication with family and loved ones,” the photo read after James’ tweet. “As a decorated Olympian and a member of an elite global sporting community, BG’s detention must be resolved out of respect for the sanctity of all sports and for all Americans traveling abroad. It is imperative that the US government immediately address this human rights issue and do whatever is necessary to bring Brittney home.”

James called on athletes to stand together and raise awareness of Griner’s situation.

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“We need to come together and help do whatever we can to get BG home quickly and safely!!” tweeted the Los Angeles Lakers star. “Our voice as athletes is stronger together.”

LeBron James pressures Biden administration to bring Brittney Griner home ‘quickly and safely’

Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James sits on the bench during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco on Thursday, April 7, 2022.
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Griner has been detained in Russia since February after Russian authorities said they found vaping cartridges containing hash oil in her luggage. In early May, the US government determined that Griner was “wrongfully detained” by the Russian government.

In mid-May, Griner’s pretrial detention was extended for another month, according to his lawyer. Griner’s attorney believes the short extension means the case will soon go to trial.

LeBron James pressures Biden administration to bring Brittney Griner home ‘quickly and safely’

Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury is defended by Azurá Stevens #30 of the Chicago Sky during the first half of Game 4 of the WNBA Finals at Wintrust Arena on October 17, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.
(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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Griner is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and won the 2014 WNBA championship with the Mercury.

Fox News’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.


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