Brittney Griner's wife calls on Biden to help in WNBA star's release from Russian detainment

自 2 月 Griner 被捕以来,她首次露面. 17, Cherelle Griner 告诉 ABC 的 “早安美国” 她想与乔·拜登总统会面,以加快她妻子回家的速度, 以任何必要的方式.

Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury shoots a free throw against the Aces during the WNBA semifinals on Oct. 8, 2021, 在拉斯维加斯, 内华达州.

Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury shoots a free throw against the Aces during the WNBA semifinals on Oct. 8, 2021, 在拉斯维加斯, 内华达州. (David Becker/NBAE via Getty Images)

“绝对地. I just keep hearing that he has the power. She’s a political pawn. So if they’re holding her because they want you to do something then I want you to do it,” she told anchor Robin Roberts in an interview aired Wednesday.

“这一点, I don’t even know who I’m getting back when she comes back.

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Cherelle Griner said she wasgratefulfor her call with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, but she is looking for the government to make good on its word of treating Griner’s return as atop priority.

“我不知道,” she replied with a sigh when Roberts asked if she felt the situation was being treated as such. “I was grateful for the call. You say she’s top priority, but I want to see it and I feel like to see it would be me seeing [格里纳] on U.S. soil.

Mercury center Brittney Griner pauses on court during the Seattle Storm game Sept. 3, 2019, 在凤凰城.

Mercury center Brittney Griner pauses on court during the Seattle Storm game Sept. 3, 2019, 在凤凰城. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, 文件)

Cherelle Griner says she has not spoken to the WNBA star on the phone since her detainment but that she has been able to communicate with her by letterssporadically.She said she first learned of her arrest when Griner texted her at 2 上午. on the day of her detainment at an airport near Moscow.

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They have me in this room, I don’t know what’s going on,” she said of the text she received.

The Phoenix Mercury star was arrested after vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage. Her wife told “早安美国” that despite being treated likesuperstarswhile playing in Russia, Griner does not play in the Russian league by choice.

BG would wholeheartedly love to not go overseas. She has only had one Thanksgiving in the States in nine years since she’s been pro, and she misses all that stuff just because she can’t make enough money in the WNBA to sustain her life.

Brittney Griner leaves a courtroom after a hearing, in Khimki, just outside Moscow, 俄国, 在5月 13, 2022.

Brittney Griner leaves a courtroom after a hearing, in Khimki, just outside Moscow, 俄国, 在5月 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

美国. State Department determined Russiawrongfully detainedGriner when she was arrested in February, an official said in a statement to Fox News Digital earlier this month. She appeared in court for a pre-trial extension that was extended for one month. She was set to have her first hearing over the allegations, which can carry a penalty of 10 入狱多年.

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