The two-time Olympic gold medalist is in prison in Russia. She has been in a Russian prison since February when she traveled to Russia to play basketball.

Police dogs at the airport smelled something in her luggage. In Russia, it is illegal to have something like that (hashish oil.

It has been a very long time since Griner showed up in Russia. She has been anticipating preliminary, and it isn’t doing great. By far most of the individuals who face criminal accusations in court in Russia are seen as liable. Except if the United States mediates, almost certainly, Griner will invest time in prison.

On the 4th of July, Griner sent an open letter to President Biden asking for his help getting her home.

On July 7th, she pled guilty to the charges and explained that “there was no intent. I did not want to break the law.” She could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Many people in the United States who care about Griner are speaking out. Cherelle Griner told Good Morning America that her wife is being held in Russia because she is a political pawn.

The coach of Griner is speaking out. She didn’t say that Griner is being held for political reasons. She compared the basketball player to a famous male basketball player. Nygaard said, “If it was LeBron he’d be home, right?” She added, “It’s a statement about the value of women. It’s a statement about the value of a black person. It’s a statement about the value of a gay person.”

To hear more about what the media is trying to do to raise awareness about her situation, watch the video below.


Do you agree with the coach that if it were King James, he would be home? Do you think he will end up in Russia?