Brittney Griner’s Wife Says She Could Soon Be Moved To A Labor Camp, As Brittney Says Her “Life Just Doesn’t Matter”
With her appeal hearing for drug possession scheduled to take place on October 25th, WNBA star Brittney Griner is said to be at her “absolute weakest moment in life” at this point in time according to her wife Cherelle Griner. When speaking to CBS Mornings, Cherelle mentioned that her wife is “very afraid about being left and forgotten in Russia.”
Brittney reportedly told Cherelle on the phone that she believed her life “just doesn’t matter.” Cherelle soon went on to quote Brittney’s words. “Like, y’all don’t see the need to get me back home? Am I just nothing?”
“My brain can’t even fathom it,” Cherelle stated to CBS. “You could hear that she was not doing OK.”
Brittney has elected to appeal her prison sentence, according to her lawyer. However, Cherelle is reportedly fearful after learning that her wife could potentially be moved to a labor camp. U.S President Joe Biden has reportedly met with Cherelle back in September, and has reassured Cherelle that he is doing everything he can to bring Brittney back home “but there’s another party in this situation.”
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The WNBA star has been detained in Russia for approximately eight months now. Brittney initially intended to fly over to the country to play for the UMMC Ekaterinburg while the WNBA was in its offseason. Vape cartridges containing cannabis oils were reportedly found in Griner’s luggage at the Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow.
Griner was then charged with smuggling drugs into Russia, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Brittney’s attorney Maria Blagovolina reportedly brought a U.S doctors note to Russian court, stating that the player was prescribed cannabis in order to treat pain.
Griner pled guilty to narcotics possession and smuggling charges during her drug trial, acknowledging that the cannabis oils were in her luggage and that she had packed them inadvertently. Griner also testified that she had no criminal intent. Brittney was later convicted, and sentenced to nine-years in prison.
The Biden Administration has offered Russia a potential prisoner exchange. According to officials, the administration has reportedly offered Russian Arms Dealer Viktor Bout in exchange for Griner, and Paul Whelan. Whelan was initially detained at a hotel in Moscow. Whelan was soon arrested on alleged espionage charges, and sentenced to 16 years in prison after being convicted of the charges in June 2020.
Read more about Brittney Griner’s Appeal HERE.