Brittney Griner’s lawyer says the WNBA player is “stressed” out while waiting to hear news on her appeal or a possible prisoner exchange after being sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison.
According to Maria Blagovolina, Griner’s attorney, “Brittney is stressed and very much concerned with the future” because there are no new developments regarding her getting her freedom.
According to a new report, President Joe Biden will reportedly take an important step and meet with the families of Griner as well as fellow American Paul Whelan.
“The separate meetings are to be the first in-person encounter between Biden and the families and are taking place amid sustained but so far unsuccessful efforts by the administration to secure the Americans’ release. The administration said in July that it had made a “substantial proposal” to get them home, but despite plans for the White House meetings, there is no sign that a breakthrough is imminent.
Biden plans to speak at the White House with Griner’s wife, Cherelle, and with the player’s agent in one meeting and with Whelan’s sister, Elizabeth, in the other.”
Earlier this year, the Biden administration stated that negotiations are underway with Russia to exchange the WNBA star and Paul Whelan.
Griner’s lawyer and the legal team announced they would appeal as soon as possible because the punishment was “absolutely unreasonable.”
Griner’s other attorney, Alexander Boykov of the Moscow Legal Center, said the appeal process “is not very quick” and will take several months once it starts.