Brittney Griner Continues to Fight for Freedom as Appeal Denied – Wife Cherelle Speaks Up

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There is no such luck for professional basketball star Brittney Griner who has been fighting for her freedom in Russia as they hold her as a criminal in jail for a crime that would only be a misdemeanor here in the States. The issue has become quite political, as even President Biden is involved in the rescue of the basketball player and Russia refuses to release her no matter how absurd the charges. 

On April 29, the U.S. State Department officially classified Brittney’s case as a wrongful detention. After nearly five months of being detained in Russia, Brittney pleaded guilty on drug charges and said in her testimony that she had no “intention” of breaking the law.

On Aug. 4, Brittney was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison. The judge of a Moscow-area court found that Griner had criminal intent and said she was guilty of smuggling and storing illegal drugs.

Last week Griner’s appeal was denied last week after begging them to reassess her sentence and apologized again for her “mistake”. 

“I beg that the court takes in all of the stakes that was overlooked in the first court and reassess my sentence here,” Brittney said, adding that it has been “traumatic” to be away from her family.

The Biden Administration continues to fight for her to come home and are hopeful Russia will agree to a prisoner swap deal.

Cherelle Griner is not keeping quiet. The View hosted her on an episode yesterday to find out more details and this is what she discussed:

“I understand being in the field of law that every state, every country has their own rules, but this is just absurd,” Griner’s wife Cherelle said while on The View on Tuesday. “This could happen to anybody and we should be praying that we have a country that recognizes the importance of that and are willing to actually go get our Americans and bring them back home.” She also explains that the entire situation is political, as Russia does not have any logical means to keep Griner and she is essentially hostage over something that is wildly exaggerated. The basketball star is essentially held captive when she should be home in her own country.

“That was the complete end of it. There’s nothing more to expect from a legal standpoint and all eggs are in basket, you know, for our government and for America to see how important this issue is,” she continued. “This could happen to anybody and we should be praying that we have a country that recognizes the importance of that and are willing to actually go get our Americans and bring them back home.”

The fight for Griner’s freedom will continue with the help of her country.

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