Brittney Griner Writes Open Letter To Biden Pleading For Release

WNBA player Brittney Griner made a direct appeal to President Joe Biden for her freedom Monday in a letter passed through her representatives.

“I’m terrified I might be here forever,” she wrote in an excerpt, per ESPN. “I realize you are dealing with so much, but please don’t forget about me and the other detainees … Please do all you can to bring us home.”

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Griner is being detained in Russia after officials found hashish oil in her luggage at an airport near Moscow, OutKick previously reported. Her trial began Friday.

Brittney Griner Writes Open Letter To Biden Pleading For Release
WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner arrives to a hearing at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow on June 27, 2022. (Photo via Getty Images)

ESPN reports that both legal experts and U.S. officials have described the proceeding as a “show trial” that is likely to end in a conviction and lengthy sentence, and the trial has been described as a negotiating tactic by the Russian government to exchange her in a prisoner swap.

The handwritten letter also notes her father’s military service.

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“On the 4th of July, our family normally honors the service of those men who fought for our freedom, including my father who is a Vietnam War Veteran,” another part of the letter reads. “It hurts thinking about how I usually celebrate this day because freedom means something completely different to me this year.”

Brittney Griner Writes Open Letter To Biden Pleading For Release
A floor decal on the sideline features the initials of Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury before the game between the Washington Mystics and the Connecticut Sun on July 3, 2022, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Photo via Getty Images).

Griner’s wife has only communicated via letter with the WNBA star and has not heard Griner’s voice since February 17. 

Griner’s family and supporters have tried to ratchet up pressure on the White House and the U.S. State Department to negotiate a trade that will bring her home.

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ESPN reports that Russian state media outlets — which typically operate under direct instruction from the government —have reported that there are discussions about trading Griner for a Russian man named Viktor Bout, who is serving a 25-year sentence for financing terrorism.

The outlet also reports that U.S. officials have said they are trying to secure the release of Paul Whelan, an American who has been in Russian custody since December 2018.

Griner’s trial is scheduled to continue Thursday.

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More of her letter reads: ” … as I sit here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, family, friends, Olympic jersey, or any accomplishments, I’m terrified I might be here forever.”

“I voted for the first time in 2020 and I voted for you,” another part of the letter reads. “I believe in you. I still have so much good to do with my freedom that you can help restore. I miss my wife! I miss my family! I miss my teammates! It kills me to know they are suffering so much right now. I am grateful for whatever you can do at this moment to get me home.”


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Written by Megan Turner

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  1. What a stinking pile of goo she is. She was proud to advertise that she would not enter an arena until AFTER the National Anthem was played. Now she’s begging another person, former Vice President Joe Bidet who also hates America, to save her drug addicted butt from a Russian jail.

    Go pound sand.

  2. Funny how someone (and an entire league) has spent some much time hating on America wants to come home to such a “racist and “insensitive” country…….Fuck her. She`s been busted with illegal drugs in a communist country and she`s counting on some feeble, weak old man to get her out.

  3. Hahahahah! On so many levels this is funny. One, you hate America so too bad for you. Two, Biden can’t remember his own name most days so how the fuck is he going to remember you. Three, don’t do drugs in other countries that aren’t located in western Europe, USA or Canada. Idiot.

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