President Biden was urged by WNBA star Brittney Griner to remember her and the other detainees.
The Griner family told reporters that a handwritten letter from Brittney Griner was delivered to the White House on Monday morning. The incarcerated WNBA star begged the president in her letter not to forget her and expressed how this year’s Fourth of July has deepened her already profound appreciation for it.
Griner, who has been detained in Russia since mid-February, wrote, “I’m terrified I might be here forever.” “Our family typically remembers the sacrifices made by those who fought for our freedom on July 4th, including my father, a Vietnam War veteran. Thinking about how I usually celebrate this day makes me hurt because this year, freedom means something entirely different to me.”
Last week saw the start of Griner’s trial. In February, she was detained at a Moscow airport after Russia allegedly discovered cannabis oil in her luggage. Griner, a center for the Phoenix Mercury who competed in Russian leagues during the WNBA offseason, was ordered by a Russian judge to remain in custody throughout the trial.
She claimed in the letter that she cast her first vote for Biden in 2020. “I have faith in you. If you can help me regain my freedom, I still have a lot of good to do “She composed.