WNBA star Brittney Griner is currently serving a nine-year sentence in a Russian prison and doing things that she used to on the outside is not coming easy to her.
ESPN reporter T.J. Quinn asked Griner’s lawyers if she’s had an opportunity to play basketball since she was detained in February and he found out that the prison has a basketball hoop, but no ball.
She was then offered a ball, but declined because it was “too painful to think about.”
“I asked Griner’s lawyer if she’s had an opportunity to play basketball since she was detained. She said the jail has a hoop, but no ball. When Griner’s lawyers offered to bring one, BG declined, saying it was too painful to think about,” he reported.
Griner is currently in jail for having cannabis oil in her luggage at a Moscow airport.
On her 243rd day in Russian detainment, Brittney Griner turned 32.
“Thank you everyone for fighting so hard to get me home. All the support and love are definitely helping me,” Griner said in a statement from her agent.
This week, Finals MVP Stephen Curry interrupted his ring celebration speech before the Warriors’ game to speak about Griner.
“We want to continue to let her name be known, and we pray — it’s been 243 days since she’s been wrongfully incarcerated in Russia — we hope that she comes home soon and that everybody’s doing their part to bring her home,” Curry said.
The effort to keep Griner’s name at the forefront of everyone’s mind is only part of the strategy to secure the six-time All WNBA player’s freedom.
It’s an uphill battle, but nobody is ready to give up.