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Brittney Griner calls on White House to bring her and other Americans detained in Russia home: ‘I miss my family’


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Brittney Griner sent a letter to the White House on Monday to make sure that President Joe Biden and the rest of his administration “don’t forget me and the other American detainees” in Russia.

Griner’s letter was forwarded to the White House through its representatives. Although most of the content remained private, its representatives shared a few excerpts.

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WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner arrives for a court hearing in Khimki, outside Moscow, on July 1, 2022.
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“…As I sit here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, my family, my friends, my Olympic jersey or any achievement, I am terrified of the thought of ‘be here forever,’ the WNBA superstar wrote.

“On the 4th of July, our family normally honors the service of those who fought for our freedom, including my father who is a Vietnam War veteran. It hurts to think about how I usually celebrate this day because that freedom means something completely different to me this year.”

Griner pleaded with Biden to use his presidential powers to secure his return. She was arrested in February for allegedly smuggling vape cartridges containing cannabis-derived oils through a Moscow airport.

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Brittney Griner calls on White House to bring her and other Americans detained in Russia home: ‘I miss my family’

WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner (C) arrives for a court hearing in Khimki, outside Moscow, July 1, 2022.
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“Please do everything you can to bring us home. I voted for the first time in 2020 and I voted for you. I believe in you. I still have so much good to do with my freedom that you can help restore,” the letter read in part. “I miss my wife! I miss my family! I miss my teammates! It kills me to know they are in so much pain right now. I am grateful for whatever you can do right now to bring me home. “

The White House National Security Council confirmed that the White House had received Griner’s letter.

“We believe the Russian Federation is wrongfully detaining Brittney Griner,” NSC spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said Monday. “President Biden has been clear on the need to see all U.S. nationals held hostage or wrongfully detained overseas released, including Brittney Griner. The U.S. government continues to work aggressively – using all available means – to take her home.”

Griner is in the middle of a trial that began Friday to determine his fate. Less than 1% of defendants in Russian criminal cases are acquitted and, unlike US courts, acquittals can be overturned.

Brittney Griner calls on White House to bring her and other Americans detained in Russia home: ‘I miss my family’

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She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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