Brittney Griner Oct 13, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner (42) shoots against the Chicago Sky during the first half of game two of the 2021 WNBA Finals at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

A person’s birthday is usually a reason for celebration, but that’s probably not the case when you’re spending your birthday locked up in a Russian prison in what is effectively a hostage situation after a trial that was largely considered a political sham. But that’s exactly what’s happening to WNBA superstar Brittney Griner on Tuesday.

Brittney Griner turns 32 years old on Tuesday, but she won’t be able to celebrate with her friends or family as she continues to be unlawfully detained after she was found guilty of drug charges and sentenced to nine years in prison.

Despite the ongoing he ongoing negotiations between United States President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Griner remains in a Russian prison on her birthday. And the world had plenty to say about it.

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The United States and Russia appear to be trying to work out a potential prisoner swap between the two countries that would send Griner home in return for Russian arms dealer Victor Bout.

There initially seemed to be some optimism and hope that Griner could be released soon, with some hoping for a deal before Brittney Griner’s appeal hearing begins on October 25. After that hearing, it’s possible Griner is sent to a labor camp, which her wife Cherelle Griner isn’t sure Brittney Griner can survive.

However, a Russian aid recently revealed that negotiating Griner’s release is not a priority for Russia.