The US government is being called on by woke athletes to bring WNBA star Brittney Griner home, who has been held by Russian authorities for more than 100 days. LeBron James and others who are part of the “We are BG” movement are using social media to share his public support.
Lebron asked for help and support to bring attention and action to his fellow basketball pro as he tweeted: “We need to come together and help do whatever we possibly can to bring BG home quickly and safely!! 🙏🏾 Our voice as athletes is stronger together. @uninterrupted 👑 #WeAreBG”
The U.S. State Department has classified Griner as being “wrongfully detained.”
“She violated Russian law, and now she’s being prosecuted. It’s not about being a hostage. There are lots of American citizens here. They’re enjoying their freedoms… but you have to obey the laws,” Peskov told the press.
A Moscow court extended Griner’s detention until July 2. It was the third time her detention has been extended, Russian state-run media TASS reported. She’s been held ever since with limited public appearances.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also added his statements on Griner’s release stating:
“It’s been now over 100 days since she’s been illegally held in Russia. I think it’s something that all of us should be heard on, contacting your representatives and others. I will only say, we are working in lockstep with the U.S. government and outside experts on trying to expedite her release in any way we can. Certainly, our hearts go out to her and her family and are just eager for her safe return”
In February, Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a star center with the Phoenix Mercury, was detained at Moscow’s airport for allegedly having vape cartridges filled with cannabis oil in her luggage. The drug charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
Griner has been rumored to be potentially involved in a detainee swap involving Viktor Bout, who is in the middle of a 25-year sentence in federal prison after he was convicted of conspiracy to kill Americans relating to the support of a Colombian terrorist organization.
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said a prisoner swap with the U.S. was not being considered “until a court investigation into her case is completed.”
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