Dallas Mike McCarthy Griner

WNBA star Brittney Griner was released from a Russian penal colony on Thursday. The prisoner swap arranged by U.S. and Russian government officials has had the world abuzz. Not just in the world of geopolitics either. The NFL world had plenty to say about Griner and her release from prison.

The Dallas Cowboys provided the earliest set of comments. They, well, they were certainly comments. Micah Parsons made them and they weren’t received too well. Parsons then explained that he “should’ve been more educated on the topic and not tweeted out.”

Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy offered a lighter approach at his press conference Thursday. Clarence Hill Jr., a longtime Dallas reporter, tweeted McCarthy’s comments on Griner and her release. McCarthy said, via Hill Jr., “Like everybody, just glad Brittney is home. That’s really the most important part of it. As far as getting into political opinions and so forth, this isn’t the platform where I believe you discuss those. But thank God she’s home.”

Griner previously received a nine-year sentence in a Russian penal colony. Russian courts issued the sentence to the WNBA star after they convicted her on drug charges.

The prisoner swap between the U.S. and Russia included Griner and Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.

[Clarence Hill Jr.]

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