WNBA star Brittney Griner’s trial in Russia received a huge update when the Phoenix Mercury’s seven-time All-Star pled guilty to drug charges in a Moscow court on Thursday. Griner told the judge that there was no intent and that “she didn’t want to break the law.” United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken sent out a tweet reacting to the news. Here’s what Blinken said, per Sports Illustrated.
Blinken tweeted that embassy officials attended the WNBA star’s trial and delivered a letter from President Joe Biden. Blinken added, “We will not relent until Brittney, Paul Whelan, and all other wrongfully detained Americans are reunited with their loved ones.”
Blinken informed the masses that embassy officials were present at Brittney Griner’s trial, personally delivering a letter from President Joe Biden. The Secretary of State then went on to say that “we will not relent” until Griner, ex-Marine Paul Whelan and other “wrongfully detained Americans” are returned home.
It’s a strong statement from a high-ranking member in the White House. Griner had penned a letter to Biden, imploring him not to forget about her and others imprisoned on Independence Day.
The WNBA star’s wife had met with Biden and vice president Kamala Harris on Wednesday. Cherrelle Griner then expressed her frustration in an emotional rally. It’s been reported that a guilty plea from Brittney Griner would make negotiations with Russia potentially easier.
If that’s the case, then the WNBA star’s fate is now in the hands of Biden, Blinken and the White House.