Brittney Griner has written to President Joe Biden with an pressing plea: “Please do not forget about me.”
The message from the WNBA star was delivered through a letter she handwrote from the Russian jail the place she has been held since being arrested in February at a Moscow airport on drug expenses. She faces as much as 10 years in jail if convicted.
“As I sit right here in a Russian jail, alone with my ideas and with out the safety of my spouse, household, buddies, Olympic jersey, or any accomplishments, I’m terrified I is likely to be right here without end,” Griner wrote.
Representatives for Griner shared sections of the letter with BuzzFeed Information and different media retailers, however stated the complete message could be stored personal between her and the president.
“On the 4th of July, our household usually honors the service of those that fought for our freedom, together with my father who’s a Vietnam Conflict Veteran,” Griner wrote. “It hurts desirous about how I normally have a good time today as a result of freedom means one thing utterly completely different to me this yr.”
Griner, 31, additionally informed Biden that her first-ever vote was for him within the 2020 presidential election.
“I understand you’re coping with a lot, however please don’t neglect about me and the opposite American Detainees. Please do all you may to convey us residence,” she stated. “I voted for the primary time in 2020 and I voted for you. I imagine in you. I nonetheless have a lot good to do with my freedom that you would be able to assist restore.”
“I miss my spouse! I miss my household! I miss my teammates!” Griner stated. “It kills me to know they’re struggling a lot proper now. I’m grateful for no matter you are able to do at this second to get me residence.”
Adrienne Watson, a spokesperson for the Nationwide Safety Council, stated in a press release supplied to BuzzFeed Information that the White Home was working “aggressively” to convey Griner residence.
“We imagine the Russian Federation is wrongfully detaining Brittney Griner,” Watson stated. “President Biden has been clear about the necessity to see all US nationals who’re held hostage or wrongfully detained overseas launched, together with Brittney Griner. The US authorities continues to work aggressively – utilizing each accessible means – to convey her residence.”
Watson additionally stated high officers had been in common contact with Griner’s household and teammates.
However Griner’s spouse, Cherelle, informed CBS on Tuesday morning it was “very disheartening” that she was but to listen to from Biden concerning the letter.
Cherelle stated they had been dissatisfied they’d not been in a position to meet personally with Biden.
“It kills me each time … when I’ve to jot down her, and she or he’s asking, ‘Have you ever met with him but?’ And I’ve to say, ‘No.’ … I’m certain she’s like, ‘I’m going to jot down him and ask now, as a result of my household has tried and to no avail. So I’m going to do it myself,'” Cherelle stated.