Brittney Griner Aug 8, 2021; Saitama, Japan; United States centre Brittney Griner (15) reacts to a call against Japan in the women’s basketball gold medal match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Saitama Super Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

WNBA star Brittney Griner remains in a Russian detention center three months after being detained at a Russian airport for allegedly carrying vape cartridges that officials claimed contained hashish oil, which is currently illegal within the country.

There has been a ton of controversy surrounding this issue, with U.S officials saying that Griner is being wrongfully detained within the country. This is a serious offense within Russia that can come with up to 10 years in prison as a maximum penalty.

Griner’s wife, Cherelle Griner, recently spoke out about the situation and revealed some extremely saddening details regarding how this unfortunate situation had affected her and her family. She stated that she has not spoken to her wife since the day that Brittney was detained.

Griner added that she believes that President Joe Biden is the only person that can go and get the WNBA star and bring her back to the safety of the United States.

“There is one person that can go get her, and that’s our president,” Griner told ESPN’s Angela Rye. “He has that power. You know, I’m just like, ‘Why are we not using it? Like, urgently, use it.’ We’re expecting him to use his power to get it done.”

It certainly must be an extremely difficult situation to have a significant other being detained in a foreign country, and Cherelle Griner appears to be in a very vulnerable state at the moment.

“I’m in a position of complete vulnerability right now. I have to trust people that I didn’t even know until Feb. 17,” Cherelle Griner said. “So I’m trusting her lawyers. … ‘How does she look? How is her spirit? How is her energy?’ I’m just asking all those questions, trying to just get some type of indication or vibe.

“Some days they say, ‘She’s really strong. … She seemed in good spirits when we talked.’ And sometimes they’ll say, ‘Her energy was really low.'”

It remains to be seen whether or not President Biden is interested in making further efforts to bring Griner back, but hopefully, we get a resolution to this ugly situation in the coming weeks.


About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.