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Brittney Griner’s coach, Vanessa Nygaard, suggested Monday that the WNBA superstar’s clout may be a factor in why there is not more of an urgency to get her out of a Russian jail.
Nygaard said before the team’s game against the Los Angeles Sparks, if LeBron James had been locked up abroad, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar would have been home by now.
“If it was LeBron he would be at home, right?” She was curious. It is a statement about women’s value. It is a statement on the value of a Black person. It is also a statement on the worth of gay people. All of these things. It’s all there. And so, that’s what hurts a little more.”
Nygaard, who is in her first season as the Mercury’s head coach, said Griner’s letter to the White House made her cry.
“It’s great she was able to get that message to us. “I hope that people will pay more attention to it,” she said.
Griner’s letter was delivered to the White House on Monday. She wanted to be sure that President Joe Biden, and all of his administration, did not “forget me and the other American prisoners” in Russia.
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Griner’s letter was passed to the White House through her representatives. Her representatives shared some of the content, though most of it remained confidential.
“… As I sit here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, family, friends, Olympic jersey, or any accomplishments, I’m terrified I might be here forever,” the WNBA superstar wrote.
“On the Fourth of July, my family usually honors those who fought to secure our freedom. This includes my father, who is a Vietnam War Veteran. It hurts to think of how I normally celebrate this day. Freedom means something completely new to me this year.
Griner pleaded with Biden to use his presidential powers to ensure her return. In February, she was arrested for allegedly transporting vape cartridges containing cannabis oils through a Moscow airport.
“Please do your best to return us home. I voted in 2020 for the first time and voted for you. I believe in you. You can do so much with my freedom. “I miss my wife! I miss my family! My teammates are my family! It hurts me to see how they are feeling right now. “I am grateful to you for doing whatever you can to help me get home.”
The White House National Security Council confirmed the White House received Griner’s letter.
Adrienne Watson, NSC spokesperson, said Monday that Brittney Greiner was being held in Russia. “President Biden has made it clear that all U.S. citizens wrongfully held abroad or hostage should be released. This includes Brittney Griner. The U.S. government continues to work aggressively – using every available means – to bring her home.”
This report was compiled by the Associated Press.
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