- Brittney Griner’s wife opened up about her grief since the WNBA star has been detained overseas.
- “BG is a strong human being, but she is 100% not okay,” Cherelle Griner said.
- Griner is currently serving a nine-year sentence in Russia.
The wife of Brittney Griner expressed her growing anguish since the WNBA star was detained overseas earlier this year.
“I’ve spent the last eight months riding waves of grief and, to be honest, just total disbelief,” Cherelle Griner said at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards on Tuesday. “I can’t believe that I’m standing in front of you guys today, living without my favorite person, my greatest love, biggest support, and just sanctuary. Language truly fails to capture the excruciating pain that stems from having a loved one held hostage.”
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“BG is a strong human being, but she is 100% not okay,” she added, urging others to send encouraging words to her incarcerated wife and others in a similar situation using #WeAreBG. I believe from the bottom of my heart that while I can’t physically bring her back, words can make a difference.”
Cherelle has been on the front lines to ensure that her wife is not ignored and has spoken with lawmakers, including President Joe Biden, about bringing Griner home.
Griner was taken into custody in February after officials at a Moscow airport said they found vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist is currently serving her nine-year sentence in one of Russia’s penal colonies. Her appeal to reduce her sentence was denied late last month.
She pleaded guilty and took “full responsibility” during the summer in hopes of leniency from the court. There have been reports that the US offered to swap notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout for the return of Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan, but there has been no update on the negotiation.
Throughout her months-long detainment, her lawyers recently described the conditions Griner has faced so far, including taking infrequent showers and only getting an hour of rec each day.
During an interview with CBS, Cherelle said that Griner feels like her “life doesn’t matter.”
She added that Griner said, “I’m just being tossed around, like, for people’s enjoyment and gain.'”