With football season starting, it can be easy to forget about WNBA star Brittney Griner, who remains in a Russian prison, sentenced to nine years for drug smuggling.
The WNBA is still trying to keep her name out there, but with the Finals starting and not many games left to play, who will keep her name out in the public so she is not forgotten.
Enter Stephen Curry.
On Monday, Rolling Stone published a profile on the Golden State Warriors superstar where he made shocking claims that he reached out to a few people close to President Biden to help in the Griner case only to be shutdown.
“They were telling us, ‘Don’t say anything,'” Curry said.
Curry began discussing his views about Griner’s case during an on-air ESPN interview with Malika Andrews in June, in which he said, “It’s an unfortunate situation, it’s a tragedy. … She needs to be home.”
“She needs to be home, she needs to be safe, she needs to be with her family,” Curry told Andrews. “Right now it’s just about getting her home and everybody… joining that front to make sure she is talked about and all hands are on deck and all resources are thrown at getting her home as soon as possible.”
The WNBA made it clear on Sunday that the league is doing everything it can to bring Griner home.
“WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert opens her pre-Finals press conference by acknowledging that the league’s commitment to bringing Brittney Griner home from Russia “has not wavered.” Engelbert also says she recently received a handwritten letter from Griner,” Sports Illustrated’s Ben Pickman tweeted.
The U.S. was reportedly working on a prisoner exchange, though nothing has happened yet.
Griner was convicted on drug smuggling charges and sentenced to nine years on Aug. 4. She was arrested for being caught with cannabis oil cartridges at a Moscow airport security on Feb. 17, and was deemed wrongfully detained by the Biden administration in May.