WNBA star Brittney Griner is at her “absolute weakest second in life proper now” as she faces a listening to in Russia later this month for her enchantment of a nine-year jail sentence for drug possession, Griner’s spouse mentioned in an interview aired Thursday.
Cherelle Griner informed “CBS Mornings” that her spouse, a two-time Olympic gold medallist who was taking part in in Russia throughout the WNBA low season, is afraid of being forgotten by the US.
“She’s very afraid about being left and forgotten in Russia, or simply fully used to the purpose of her detriment,” Cherelle Griner mentioned.
She mentioned Brittney Griner informed her in a telephone name that she felt “like my life simply does not matter.”
Brittney Griner was convicted Aug. 4 after Russian police mentioned they discovered vape canisters with hashish oil in her baggage at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow. Her defence attorneys mentioned she had been prescribed hashish for ache. The WNBA star mentioned she had inadvertently packed them and had no prison intent.
She is interesting her jail sentence; the listening to is scheduled for Oct. 25. However Cherelle Griner mentioned after that listening to, her spouse might probably be moved to a labour camp elsewhere in Russia.
“My mind cannot even fathom it,” she mentioned within the CBS interview.
President Joe Biden met with Cherelle Griner on the White Home final month. He additionally sat down with Elizabeth Whelan, the sister of Paul Whelan, one other American at the moment imprisoned in Russia. The Biden administration mentioned in July that it had made a “substantial proposal” to get them residence. The administration has not supplied specifics about its proposal, however an individual acquainted with the matter beforehand confirmed it had provided to launch Viktor Bout, a convicted Russian arms supplier imprisoned within the U.S.
Cherelle Griner mentioned the president is “doing what he can, however there’s one other social gathering on this state of affairs.” She mentioned it will take Russian President Vladimir Putin altering his mindset.
Although Brittney Griner was arrested in February — amid escalated tensions due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine —- the couple didn’t communicate on the telephone till August. Cherelle Griner mentioned the primary dialog was “simply so pleasant” and felt optimistic that her spouse would survive the ordeal. However the second dialog, she mentioned, “was essentially the most disturbing telephone name I’ve ever skilled.”
“You would hear that she was not OK,” Cherelle Griner mentioned.