Two weeks ago, U.S. President Joe Biden announced that WNBA star Brittney Griner was coming home, less than 10 months after her arrest in Russia.
Back on Feb. 17, Griner was arrested for possessing less than a gram of hash oil at the Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow (the substance is illegal in Russia). In August, the 2014 WNBA Champion was handed a nine-year prison sentence.
But Biden was able to reach an agreement with Russian officials that would see Griner come back to the U.S. in exchange for the release of arms dealer Viktor Bout. On Dec. 9, Griner arrived back in the United States.
In a heartwarming Instagram post, Griner shared a letter expressing thanks and gratitude for her supporters. Griner notes that the many letters of support she got helped her keep hope while she was imprisoned.
Griner has also stated that her plan is to rejoin the Phoenix Mercury for the 2023 WNBA season. On Monday, a welcome home celebration was held for Griner at the University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas.