Trevor Reed calls for Brittney Griner, Paul Whelan to return to US: 'There is no justice in Russia'

Reed was at a rally outside the Toyota Center in Houston and called on the U.S. government to do more to bring the WNBA star and fellow detainee Paul Whelan home. Griner was arrested in February for allegedly trying to bring vape cartridges containing oils derived from cannabis through a Moscow Airport, while Whelan was accused of spying in 2018 and was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2020.

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布兰妮·格林纳 #42 of the Phoenix Mercury is defended by Azurá Stevens #30 of the Chicago Sky during the first half of Game Four of the WNBA Finals at Wintrust Arena on October 17, 2021 在芝加哥, 伊利诺伊州.

布兰妮·格林纳 #42 of the Phoenix Mercury is defended by Azurá Stevens #30 of the Chicago Sky during the first half of Game Four of the WNBA Finals at Wintrust Arena on October 17, 2021 在芝加哥, 伊利诺伊州. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

We need to all speak out for these Americans, because every single one of us is an American,” 里德说. “Every day that you’re in prison there, it’s like you’re waking up to a nightmare. There is no justice in Russia. Brittney and Paul will not receive justice in RussiaThey will not receive a fair trial in Russia.

Reed said he was having medical issues while he was imprisoned in Russia.

You will not receive medical treatment inside a Russian prison. I had COVID multiple times. Because of complications from that, I started having blood I coughed up on a daily basis for over three months. They never did anything to treat that,” 他说, adding he had kidney stones and is permanently deformed after breaking cartilage in one of his ribs.

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US ex-marine Trevor Reed, charged with attacking police, stands inside a defendants' cage during his verdict hearing at Moscow's Golovinsky district court on July 30, 2020.

US ex-marine Trevor Reed, charged with attacking police, stands inside a defendantscage during his verdict hearing at Moscow’s Golovinsky district court on July 30, 2020. (Dimitar DILKOFF / 法新社)

Those conditions are what Brittney and Paul are living in right now as we’re having this conversation. They live in a cell that looks like something out of the Middle Ages,” 他说. “American Duty 高级顾问兼 OxfordVR 首席商务官, you can’t imagine what that place looks like until you actually see that for yourselves. It’s really medieval.

Reed told the crowd they should contact federal lawmakers to bring Griner, Whelan and other imprisoned Americans home.

星期日, LeBron James called on the Biden administration to bring Griner homeswiftly and safely.

WNBA 球星和两届奥运会金牌得主布兰妮·格林纳(Brittney Griner)在听证会后离开法庭, 在莫斯科郊外的希姆基, 俄国, 星期五, 可能 13, 2022.

WNBA 球星和两届奥运会金牌得主布兰妮·格林纳(Brittney Griner)在听证会后离开法庭, 在莫斯科郊外的希姆基, 俄国, 星期五, 可能 13, 2022. (美联社照片/亚历山大·泽姆利亚尼琴科)

五月初, 美国. government determined that Griner was being “被错误拘留” by the Russian government. In mid-May, Griner’s pre-trial detention was extended one month, 据她的律师说. Griner’s lawyer believes that the short extension signifies that the case will go to trial shortly.

Griner is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and won the 2014 WNBA championship with the Mercury.

Fox News’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.

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