Brittney Griner is essentially going insane while still remaining locked up in Russia.
The WNBA superstar has been in a Russian prison since February when she was arrested for having cannabis oil in her bag at a Russian airport. A Russian court sentenced Brittney Griner to nine years in prison for smuggling illegal drugs into that country. Griner pleaded guilty to the charges and apologized for the incident, calling it an “honest mistake.”
Earlier this week, President Joe Biden met with Cherelle Griner, the wife of imprisoned WNBA star Brittney Griner.
According to Cherelle, Brittney’s letters to her have taken an increasingly dark tone since she was convicted.
“She’s not well,” Cherelle said via reporter Abby Phillip. “She’s losing it.”
“I’ve felt every minute of the grueling seven months without her,” she said. “I look forward to the day my wife is back home. As my family and I continue on this journey, I’d like to thank the broad coalition of friends, leaders and supporters who continue to stand with us and advocate for Brittney’s swift and safe return. Let’s share a unified commitment to bringing all Americans home to their families and loved ones. Together We Are BG.”
The last thing anyone wants is for Griner to lose hope.
Griner’s allies remain hopeful President Joe Biden will secure a prisoner swap for her release, much like he did earlier this year with another Texan, ex-Marine Trevor Reed.
Griner was a star on the Baylor University Lady Bears basketball team from 2009-13. She has played for the Phoenix Mercury since the 2013 draft, but also played basketball in China and Russia during the offseasons.