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Brittney Griner’s wife urges President Biden to meet her and her family




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Cherelle Griner, the wife of detained WNBA star Brittney Griner, has urged President Joe Biden to speak to her and her family.

In an interview with MSNBC, Cherelle said she “asked” and “requested” to speak to the president, but got no response amid growing calls for the couple to meet.

“At this point, I almost feel like, you know, they’re indirectly telling me ‘no,'” she said Wednesday.

“It almost feels like indirectly they told us as a family that they wouldn’t meet us despite everyone saying when I talk to people, ‘BG is a top priority. We know she is unjustly detained. We do it all.

“But the people with the highest power, they haven’t spoken to me and my family.”

CNN reported Wednesday that, according to a senior State Department official, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Cherelle Griner one-on-one on Wednesday.

The official did not provide further details about the call, which came after a State Department error prevented the couple from speaking on their anniversary.

“I was able to speak with Secretary Blinken inside the White House,” Cherelle added.

“I was able to speak with some people from the SPEHA department”, in reference to the office of the president’s special envoy for hostage affairs.

“However, the person who has the power, you know, the Biden administration itself, being President Biden, Vice President Harris, I haven’t spoken to them.”

US classifies Griner as wrongfully detained in Russia

Brittney Griner, 31, has been detained in Russia since February for drug trafficking and has been officially classified as “wrongfully detained”, a US State Department official told CNN in May.

She will remain in custody in Russia until at least July 2, after a Russian court extended her detention, Russian news agency Tass reported last week.

Cherelle says she hasn’t spoken to his wife since Feb. 17.

Griner’s agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas backed calls for the president to meet with the family.

“If #BrittneyGriner is a priority, @POTUS will meet with Brittney’s family and this administration will do what it takes to get her home quickly and safely,” Kagawa Colas said. tweeted Tuesday.

“Every day is precious and not another should pass without the action required to bring BG home.”

A State Department spokesperson recently told CNN that the department has “no higher priority than the safety and security of American citizens abroad.”

“We remain in regular contact with the families of those held hostage or wrongfully detained; we are grateful for their partnership and feedback; and we continue to work to ensure that we communicate and share information in a way that is helpful to our families,” the spokesperson said.

It comes as Brittney was named an honorary WNBA All-Star Game starter this week.

“In each season of Brittney’s career in which there has been an All-Star Game, she has been selected as an All-Star,” league commissioner Kathy Englebert said in a statement Wednesday.

“It’s not hard to imagine that if BG were there with us this season, she would be selected again and would no doubt show off her incredible talents. So it’s only fitting that she’s named the honorary starter today and we continue to work for his safe return to the United States.

The 2022 WNBA All-Star Game is set to take place on July 10 in Chicago.




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