LeBron James isn’t sure he’d return to U.S. if he were Brittney Griner
LeBron James does not think America has had Brittney Griner’s back while she’s been inc@rcer@ted in Russia.
James was speaking on “The Shop” and this soundbite came from the trailer of an episode that will be released on Friday.
“She’s been there over 110 days,” James said of Griner. “Now, how could she feel like America has her back? I would be feeling like, ‘Do I even want to go back to America?’”
As for further context, we will have to wait until Friday.
Griner was @rr’es’ted in the airport in Moscow in February and @cc’us’ed of poss’es’sing c@n’na’bis v@’pe c@’rt’ridges. She has since pl’ed gu’!l’ty to the offense, which carries a pun’!sh’ment of up to a decade in ja!l (whether she was gu!lty or not, legal experts have argued that adjudicating the trial would be her best bet to get home the fastest).
The U.S. State Department has argued that Griner is being wrongfully detained. Griner and her wife, Cherelle, have lobbied President Biden to get her home. The administration has said it is a priority.
Last week, Vanessa Nygaard, coach of Griner’s WNBA Phoenix Mercury, wondered aloud if Griner would be home by now if she were James.
“If it was LeBron, he’d be home, right?” Nygaard asked. “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. All of those things. We know it, and so that’s what hurts a little more.”
Russian media has broached the subject of a pr!’so’ner swap between the United States and Russia involving Gr!ner and notorious @r’ms trader Viktor Bout — nicknamed the “Merchant of De@th” — who is serving a 25-year se’nt’ence.
Source & Credit: nypost.com