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NBA players show support, petition to bring Brittney Griner home


(NewsNation) – The NBA Finals kicked off this weekend with Games 1 and 2 between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors.

And several NBA players have used those games as a platform to express their support for WNBA player Brittney Griner, who US officials say has been wrongfully detained in Russia for more than three months.

Lebron James is the latest basketball superstar to call for Griner’s immediate release from Russian captivity.

“We must come together and help do whatever we can to get BG home quickly and safely,” James tweeted on Sunday evening to his 51.4 million followers.

James joins a chorus of others calling for the speedy release of Griner, who has been detained in Moscow for more than 100 days for transporting vape canisters of marijuana through a Russian airport: a crime that could land her in jail for 10 year.

“Free BG, man. We are there, we are there for her. We are with her,” Marcus Smart said in a short video posted on the official Boston Celtics Twitter.

On Saturday, several Boston Celtics players wore black T-shirts with the words “We are BG” in bold, orange letters.

“It’s extremely difficult to see what she’s going through,” All-NBA forward Jayson Tatum said of the Celtics. “I know everyone sees and feels that, and obviously we’re all together trying to get her back to her family and things like that. Yeah, wearing those shirts today to support her.

On the back of the shirt is a QR code linking to an online petition, calling on the White House to do whatever is necessary to bring Griner back to the United States.

“We thought it was a good idea to use our availability and our platforms to draw attention to certain issues,” said Boston Celtics player Jaylen Brown. “I always defend that. As an athlete, we are not only here to entertain you, we also have a voice.

  • NBA players show support, petition to bring Brittney Griner home
  • NBA players show support, petition to bring Brittney Griner home
  • NBA players show support, petition to bring Brittney Griner home
  • NBA players show support, petition to bring Brittney Griner home
  • NBA players show support, petition to bring Brittney Griner home
  • NBA players show support, petition to bring Brittney Griner home
  • NBA players show support, petition to bring Brittney Griner home
  • NBA players show support, petition to bring Brittney Griner home

Last month, the US State Department determined that Griner was wrongfully detained. Diplomats have since been tasked with working for his release.

So far, this online petition to the White House is getting closer to its goal.

As of Monday morning, just over 249,000 people had signed their names, just over 50,000 signatures less than the target of 300,000 signatures.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.




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