The alleged ‘America-hating’ WNBA player Brittney Griner was advocating to President Biden, asking if the United States can intervene and release her from her longtime Russian detention, fearing she could be imprisoned “forever.”
In recent weeks, the wife of Griner, Cherelle, has also broken her silence, calling on the Biden White House to intervene and attempting to slam Joe Biden for his alleged silence, or lack of response on the matter.
“It kills me every time that I write to her, and she’s asking ‘Have you met with him yet?’ And I have to say no,” she declared to “CBS Mornings” host Gayle King about her wife, who was detained in Russia after being arrested for possession of cannabis.
“I’m sure she’s like, ‘I’m going to write him and ask now because my family has tried to no avail, so I’m going to do it myself.’”
Cherelle Griner stated that Biden’s silent response to the handwritten letter from her wife was “very discouraging.”
“I still have not heard from him,” she deplored following an urgent speech about bringing her wife’s detention to the government’s attention.
Cherelle, who married Griner in 2017, said she remained silent for the majority of her detention, but decided to speak out after realizing her silence was not producing any progress.
“Everything about this is a calculation for me because I have to walk the fine line of harm versus help when it comes to my wife right now,” she stated.
“Initially, I was told we’re going to try to handle this behind scenes, so let’s not raise her value and stay quiet. You know, I did that, and, respectfully, we’re over 140 days in at this point and that does not work, so I will not be quiet anymore.”
The Women’s National Basketball Association star, who has been receiving backlash for her opposition to the playing of the national anthem at basketball games, has a patriotic side, according to Cherelle, and she has chosen to write to Biden on July 4 for that reason.
“She cherishes the Fourth of July. Her dad fought in the Vietnam War… B.G. loves that and so she cherishes this holiday, and she uses it as a day to honor his service and freedom, so I know that it’s killing her that she wasn’t able to do her annual fireworks show and put chairs on the lawn for all of us to sit down and really give him the respect due.”
Cherelle continued to emphasize Griner’s appreciation for America, saying she had repeatedly said she would join the military if she weren’t a basketball player.
The Russian Federal Customs Service charged Brittney Griner with large-scale transportation of drugs after stopping her at a Moscow airport in February, an accusation that Cherelle said “blew [her] mind” and that she knew the allegations were false the moment she heard them.