Brittney Griner’s journey has been long and difficult since she was detained overseas earlier this year for flying with cannabis oil. She was sentenced to nine years in a Russian jail in August. She is enjoying her 32nd birthday, which was the 18th of October behind bars.
Although Griner’s friends and family are unable to physically be with her, they are finding other ways to support her. Those close to the basketball player celebrated her birthday by launching WeAreBg.org, a website where fans may “write a note to Brittney.” “I’ve felt every moment of the excruciating seven months without her,” her wife Cherelle said in a video clip posted on the website. “I want to congratulate President Biden for the administration’s efforts to obtain her release,” she continued.
Fans are using the hashtag “WeAreBG” to convey good comments and to highlight the athlete during this difficult moment. “We will not forget you, Brittney Griner, and we will not stop fighting for you.” “The W won’t be the same until you get home,” the WNBA tweeted. “Today, Brittney Griner turns 32,” American former tennis player Billie Jean King tweeted. She will celebrate her birthday in a Russian prison, where she has been imprisoned illegally for [eight] months. Let us continue to push for her release and return.”
Tributes to Griner are pouring in on social media. Many athletes and sports groups have shared encouraging remarks and photographs of brighter times. “Happy birthday, Brittney Griner,” one fan wrote. We’re praying for your safety while you’re away, as well as a heightened feeling of urgency to get you back home. 243 days is too long, and she needs to return.”
Cherelle spoke with “CBS Morning News” earlier this month about the Olympian’s prison sentence. She expressed hope that Russian President Vladimir Putin would recognize that the athlete visited Russia for almost eight years and helped to promote the country by playing basketball for UMMC Ekaterinburg and paying taxes. A source told Insider yesterday (Oct. 17) that releasing Griner is not a “major concern” for Putin.
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