Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry has joined hands with his fellow NBA players to bring attention to Brittney Griner’s situation and put pressure on the US government to do something to bring the WNBA star back home.
Griner has been detained in Russia for more than three months now, and by the looks of it, there is still no clear way to get her released. The Phoenix Mercury player was arrested after custom officials reportedly found vape cartridges in her luggage. The cartridges were said to contain hashish oil, a substance derived from cannabis but is banned in the country. Apparently, the violation could warrant 10 years of prison time.
Speaking to Malika Andrews of ESPN regarding the situation, Curry sent a desperate plea to get Griner the helps she needs.
“It is an unfortunate situation, it’s a tragedy. She needs to be home. She needs to be safe. She needs to be with her family,” the Warriors star said.
When Andrews asked about his thoughts on how the US government would have acted sooner if the person detained is an NBA star like himself, Stephen Curry refused to put the focus on that. While the Warriors sharpshooter acknowledged that there could be something there, that is not really the problem right now.
“Right now, it’s just about getting her home and everybody joining that effort, joining that front to make sure she’s talked about … I know those efforts are ongoing, and hopefully there’ll be some positive end to this story,” Curry added.
Aside from Curry, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James have also campaigned to get Brittney Griner back home. In fact, LeBron called on for other athletes to join the cause as they look for a solution to address the problem.
Steph Curry on Brittney Griner’s detention:
“It’s an unfortunate situation, it’s a tragedy. … She needs to be home.” pic.twitter.com/3TWz4QZLu1
— ESPN (@espn) June 7, 2022
Hopefully, though, it gets resolved sooner rather than later.