It’s been 8 months since Brittney Griner saw his wife Cherelle Griner, and now Cherelle has revealed she’s not well.
It comes after Cherelle spoke candidly about his wife’s fears of moving to a Russian labor camp.
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Brittney Griner was sentenced to 9 years in prison.
She was found guilty of possessing and smuggling drugs with criminal intent by a Russian court.
Griner has been detained in Russia since his arrest in February.
It happened after the Russian Federal Customs Service found vaping cartridges containing hashish oil, a marijuana concentrate, in his luggage.
In his final plea to the court, Griner said“I never meant to hurt anyone.”
“I never wanted to endanger the Russian population. I never meant to break any laws here. I made an honest mistake and hope your decision doesn’t end my life here.
The Texas-born professional basketball player’s defense team slammed the verdict…
The New York Times said they called it “absolutely unreasonable”.
They also said they would “definitely appeal”.
Griner was also fined 1 million rubles (about $16,300) by the court.
The US government is apparently doing everything in its power to bring Griner home…
But it’s not just the government trying to help Griner…
Professional basketball player Kyrie Irving also called on President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to release more information on the matter…
And his series of tweets went viral on the internet.
“What’s really going on with our queen @brittneygriner @POTUS @VP?
“Please give us an update,” he added.
And it wasn’t just Irving who raised his voice…
“Anyone who goes back to Russia to play is crazy. Praying for BG man… it breaks my heart to see her right now 😔😔😔”, wrote WNBA star Lexie Brown.
Ex-NFL star Robert Griffin has also spoken out in favor of Brittney.
“BRING BRITTNEY GRINER HOME!!!” tweeted Griffin.
The NBA and WNBA also released a joint statement and according to TMZ he said, “Griner’s verdict and sentencing were unwarranted and unfortunate”, but noted that the organization “will stop at nothing to make sure she comes home”.
But the support for Griner didn’t stop there…
Even Justin Bieber has let it be known how he feels about it.
“If anyone knows anyway (sic) I can help, please let me know,” Bieber wrote.
However, he was previously reported that the United States made a “very good offer” to bring Brittney home.
And now the facility she is likely to be incarcerated in has been revealed.
The prison has a reputation in Russia as one of the worst facilities in the country.
The report of Business Intern says the prison is located in the central region of Mordovia in Russia.
And that’s as bad as it sounds.
Covered in a blanket of snow, the gloomy gray building is far worse than the typical prison you would expect here in the US
The building, surrounded by barbed wire, is said to be infested with rats, as well as various diseases, endangering the prisoners.
Former detainee Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who is a political activist, has previously described staying there.
She claimed that they had to work 17 hours a day, with 1 day off every 2 months.
Another former inmate, Gelena Alekseyeva, also went into details about the settlement.
“The mice lived with us. Rats lived with us in the industrial area,” she said. Radio Libre Europe Radio Liberty. “Before going to the bathroom, you had to knock – there were special poles for that. To scatter the rats.
Doesn’t look like a place anyone would like to stay.
Griner is still awaiting the results of his appeal.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has spoken out on Griner’s sentence…
According reportsRodman, who has tried to cultivate an image of an informal American diplomat in North Korea and Russia, is doing something about it.
He’s more likely to hurt than help, a senior Biden administration official said.
“It is public information that the administration has made a significant offer to the Russians and anything other than continuing negotiations through the established channel is likely to complicate and hamper release efforts,” the official said.
Rodman has previously cultivated a relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the past decade, making multiple visits to the country.
And that’s not all…
He called Russian President Vladimir Putin “cool” after a trip to Moscow in 2014…
While in 2018 he appeared on the sidelines of former President Donald Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, taking credit for helping secure the release of American Kenneth Bae from North Korea.
But now he has another mission…
“I got permission to go to Russia to help this girl,” Rodman said BNC News in a restaurant in Washington DC.
The legendary NBA player said he was doing everything he could to get to Russia.
“I’m trying to go this week,” he added.
If Rodman visits Russia, it won’t be the first time he’s encountered an international leader who has strained relations with the United States.
But Ned Price, a spokesman for the State Department, recently revealed something interesting…
According TMZPrice said Rodman would not travel on behalf of the US government.
This was primarily because the government believed Rodman’s involvement could spoil current US negotiations with Russia to get Griner out.
And Rodman is also said to have decided not to travel to Russia, after the government strongly advised him not to go there.
Since then, Griner’s wife, Cherelle, told CBS’ Gayle King that August’s first phone call with Griner after his first detention was “delicious.”
“She’s fine,” Cherelle recalled thinking of the sound of his wife’s voice and added, “We can survive this.”
But according to reports, the second phone call was described by Cherelle as “the most disturbing phone call” she had ever experienced.
According reportsas soon as she hung up the phone she said she started crying and hadn’t left her bed for days.
“You could hear she wasn’t doing well…you could hear she was maxed out [suffering] that day, and I couldn’t do anything. At that point, I didn’t know if she had anything left in her tank to keep waking up every day and being in a place where she has no one,” Cherelle told King.
Cherelle said when she saw photos of the handcuffed, brooding and emaciated Griner as she walked through Russian courthouses ahead of her sentencing, she could tell “she’s not herself.”
She said she knows Griner was as strong as she could be when locked up in a Russian prison and isolated from her friends and family, but she also can’t imagine that even to her. “absolute weakest moment of life”.
Cherelle added: “She is very afraid of being abandoned and forgotten in Russia or just completely used to her detriment. She tells me things like, ‘My life doesn’t even matter anymore. I feel like my life doesn’t matter. You do not see me. You don’t see the need to take me home.
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