Brittney Griner has made her first public comments since she came back to the US from being held in Russia last week. She thanked the people who worked to get her released and said she plans to play in the WNBA this season. “It’s great to be home!” Griner said this in an Instagram post she shared early on Friday.
“Every day for the past 10 months has been a fight. I worked hard to keep my faith, and the love of so many of you kept me going.” “Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart to everyone who helped,” Griner wrote.
Since February, when she was caught at a Moscow airport with cartridges of hashish oil in her luggage, Russian authorities had been holding the basketball star. She was then given a nine-year prison sentence.
US officials and people who support Griner said she was being used as a political pawn. In exchange for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, President Joe Biden got Griner out of jail.
Critics said the president should have done more to get the release of Paul Whelan, a former Marine who has been held in Russia since 2018 on suspicion of being a spy, but the Biden administration said this was the best deal they could get.
“President Biden, you brought me home, and I know you want to bring Paul Whelan and all Americans home, too. Griner wrote on Instagram, “I will use my platform to help you in any way I can.”
“I also want to encourage everyone who helped bring me home to keep working to bring all Americans home.” Every family should be together.”
A photographer from the US Army also caught the moment she saw her wife, Cherelle Griner. Since she got back to the US last week, Griner has been getting care at the Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
As part of his treatment, he took part in the Department of Defense’s Post Isolation Support Activities, a programme that helps military members get back into the swing of things after long stays overseas.
Griner thanked the PISA staff on Instagram by saying, “I appreciate the time and care you took to make sure I was okay and gave me the tools I needed for this new journey.” She also said that she was now moving back home.
“I also want to make one thing very clear: I plan to play basketball for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA this season,” Griner said. “By doing so, I hope to soon be able to say ‘thank you’ to those of you who spoke up for me, wrote letters, and posted on social media.”
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