Two weeks ago, President Joe Biden announced that he reached an agreement with Russian officials on a prisoner exchange, with WNBA star Brittney Griner coming back to the U.S. in exchange for the release of arms dealer and weapons smuggler Viktor Bout.
Griner was arrested at the Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow for carrying less than a gram of hash oil (the substance is illegal in Russia). In August, the WNBA legend was convicted and sentenced to nine years in prison.
But after negotiations, Biden was able to reach a deal to bring Griner back to her home country, and she landed safely in San Antonio on Dec. 9.
As detailed by ESPN, Griner had a homecoming celebration at the University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. According to the article, the party “was celebrated Monday night in front of 20 people at” the church. It was noted that some of the people who were supposed to show up were didn’t attend since they were sick.
Griner, who led the Phoenix Mercury to a WNBA Championship in 2014, announced last week that she plans to return to the team for the 2023 season.