Houston Ironically Celebrating Brittney Griner’s Release From Prison By Lighting Up City Hall Red, White, And Blue

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Brittney Griner’s hometown of Houston, Texas is set to celebrate her release from Russian prison, but the gesture the city has chosen is incredibly ironic given the WNBA player’s history.

Griner was arrested in a Moscow airport in February and was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison in July after pleading guilty to drug charges. On Thursday, she was released via a prisoner swap for Viktor Bout, who is also known as ‘The Merchant of Death.’

To celebrate Griner’s return to U.S. soil, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that City Hall will be lit up in red, white, and blue on Thursday night.

Turner probably should have asked Griner if she approves of the pro-America gesture because based on her past, she probably wouldn’t be on board with the idea.

Brittney Griner arrives to a hearing at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow.
Brittney Griner arrives to a hearing at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow. (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

Brittney Griner Bashes The United States

While her opinion may have changed after being detained in Russia for nine months, Griner isn’t exactly the biggest fan of the United States.

Back in July 2020, when George Floyd protests were taking place all over the country, Griner protested the playing of the National Anthem.

“I honestly feel we should not play the National Anthem during our season,” Griner told AZ Central. “I think we should take that much of a stand.

“I’m not going to be out there for the National Anthem. If the league continues to want to play it, that’s fine,” Griner, whose father was a Vietnam War Vet, continued. “It will be all season long, I’ll not be out there. I feel like more are going to probably do the same thing. I can only speak for myself.”

That doesn’t sound like someone who would want their homecoming theme to be red, white, and blue.

Griner certainly never imagined she’d be detained in a foreign country when she took aim at the US National Anthem, but I’m willing to bet she feels a bit more grateful for her country today than she did back in 2020.

This isn’t to say that Griner and every other American shouldn’t peacefully protest for what they believe in, but a simple reminder that words do actually matter.

Written by Mark Harris

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  1. The City of Houston is a criminally infested hellhole. Mayor Slyvester Turner has joined with municipal judges to release violent criminals without bail. You’d expect Slyvester to celebrate a member of the <2% of population demographic he shares with Griner being determined to be more important by the administration of former Vice President Joe Bidet.

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