Boston Celtics players on Saturday called on the White House to do everything possible to secure the release of WNBA player Brittney Griner, who has been detained in Russia since February.
The players wore t-shirts with the words ‘We are BG’ on the front and a QR code leading to a White House petition on the back for the two-time Olympic gold medalist training in San Francisco ahead of the second NBA Finals game on Sunday. . “The jerseys were super important to not only show our support for our sister who is detained in Russia, but also to show the unity and love that we have across the NBA and the WNBA,” said the forward. Celtics Grant Williams to reporters.
“She has been a vital part of the WNBA over the years and has had an impact on young female athletes in the United States and abroad. We hope to see her back in the United States and reunite with her family and do what “She loves and brings that love and tenacity with which she always plays on the court.”
Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport on February 17 when a search of her luggage allegedly revealed several cannabis oil vape cartridges. She faces up to 10 years in prison. The US State Department determined last month that Griner had been wrongfully detained and assigned diplomats to work for her release.
Griner’s arrest at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport came as diplomatic relations between Washington and Moscow soured following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Griner played for a professional Russian team for years during the WNBA offseason.
“We wanted to come out and show our support,” Celtics goaltender Jaylen Brown said. “She’s been there a long time and we think enough is enough.”
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