Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr., who holds dual citizenship in the United States and Russia, really wants Brittney Griner out of the country.
During an interview with TMZ Sports, boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. said he’s working on freeing Griner, who was convicted on drug charges and sentenced to nine years in prison.
He doesn’t quite have his plans finalized, he said he’d be willing to go to Russia in order to help out Griner.
“I know what that girl’s family is going through right now, and I feel for them. Would I put my life on the line, take a chance to go to Russia to exchange prisoners? Yes, I would,” Jones told TMZ Sports. “Why? Because if it was my daughter, I would want somebody to do the same thing for me.”
Jones Jr. is hoping his friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin will help secure the release of detained basketball star Brittney Griner.
“Right now, I’m hearing they’re trying to do a prisoner swap,” Jones told LVSportsBiz.com. “If they do the prisoner swap, that will be good. If the prisoner swap does not work then you have to understand that I’m a diplomatic type of person. I don’t get into politics, but my friends are my friends.”
In February 2022, Griner was detained by Russian customs after being discovered with vap cartridges containing less than a gram of hashish oil were found in her luggage. She has been detained eve since.
If all else fails, Jones intends to speak with Putin himself in order to secure Griner’s release.
“If this doesn’t work I will go to Mr. Putin myself,” Jones said.