May 26, 2022
For the first time since Brittney Griner was detained in Russia on Feb. 17, her wife spoke out publicly about the U.S government’s handling of the situation in an appearance on Good Morning America Wednesday.
Cherelle Griner, who graduated from the North Carolina Central University School of Law earlier this month, revealed that she has spoken to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken as well as NBA commissioner Adam Silver and WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert about her wife’s detainment. Although the U.S State Department has called getting Griner back on U.S. soil a “top priority,” and subsequently deemed her to be “wrongfully detained,” Cherelle is hoping to see additional action taken to get her wife home.
“I don’t know,” she responded when asked by GMA’s Robin Roberts if she felt that freeing Brittney was a top priority of the U.S. State Department. “I was grateful for the call [from Secretary Blinken]. You say she’s top priority, but I want to see it. I feel like to see it would be to see BG back on U.S. soil.”
Cherelle Griner is also hoping that her speaking out will reach President Biden and put an additional spotlight on her wife’s situation.
“I just keep hearing that, you know, he has the power. She’s a political pawn,” she said. “So if they’re holding her because they want you to do something, then I want you to do it.”
Source: Sports Illustrated
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