The Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving began the latest NBA season with a passionate plea to President Biden to bring home Brittney Griner.
Back in August, the WNBA superstar was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison for drug smuggling and possession after customs officials said they found hashish oil cartridges in her luggage.
On Wednesday, Kyrie Irving made the biggest plea when he asked President Biden to help secure her release:
“I appreciate us being able to share this floor together, all of us as brothers. But the big picture that’s going on in the world is free our sister, Brittney Griner, please. Please, POTUS, do your job. Everybody do your job. Please bring our sister home. And we wouldn’t be doing our jobs to the best of our ability if we didn’t stand on what we believe in.”
Griner’s wife, Cherelle, recently confessed that she is terrified Brittney will be transferred out of Moscow to work in a Russian camp if the attempt at an appeal should fail.
A Russian court earlier this month set Griner’s appeal hearing on Oct. 25th.
The Biden administration has made Griner’s case one of its top priorities.
“Thank you everyone for fighting so hard to get me home,” Griner said in a statement. “All the support and love are definitely helping me.”