Brittney Griner’s coach Vanessa Nygaard has criticized the US government’s response to the WNBA star’s extended detention in Russia.
Women’s basketball star Brittney Griner has been jailed in Russia for 138 days. She appears to be no closer to her homecoming than she was on February 17, when she was arrested.
she WNBA Coach wants to know why.
Vanessa Nygaard, the Phoenix Mercury’s head coach, urged the American government not to do more to free Griner. She used LeBron James as an example.
Brittney Griner’s Coach Calls on US Govt ‘If It Was LeBron He Would Be Home’
“If it was LeBron he would be home right? It is a statement of woman’s worth. It’s a statement of the worth of a black person. It’s a statement of the worth of a gay person. All of these. We know it,” said Nygaard, per CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Griner is on trial for possession of cannabis oilwhich she reportedly carried with her when she came back to the country to play for BC UMMC Ekaterinburg, her team in the Russian Premier League.
The timing of her arrest could not have been worse. Russia invaded Ukraine a week after their arrest. She is now a valuable bargaining chip for the country amid major international sanctions.
Griner recently sent a handwritten note to President Joe Biden asking for support.
“On July 4th, our family typically honors the service of those who fought for our freedom, including my father, who is a Vietnam War veteran,” she wrote. via ESPN. “It hurts to think how I usually celebrate this day because freedom means something very different to me this year.”
Griner is an eight-time WNBA All-Star. She won the WNBA championship with Phoenix in 2014. She also won four titles in the Russian National League and four EuroLeague championships.
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