Cherrelle Griner, wife of WNBA star Brittney Griner, appeared on The ReidOut, Wednesday, where she spoke about her wife’s detention for months in Russia for alleged possession of hash oil. The US State Department said it considers Griner to have been wrongfully detained. Russia, meanwhile, says she is not a hostage, but a criminal who will have to go through the justice system. This distinction makes it harder to negotiate Griner’s release.
“An American who is deemed to be wrongfully detained, to my knowledge, from what the State Department says, America will negotiate his release. There is no maybe, it is a will . They will be negotiate their release. And so right now my wife has been wrongfully detained,” Cherelle said. “So despite everything the Russian authorities say, despite the press conference they do to say anything about BG and the legal case there, America is already determined that ‘she won’t get justice in this system and that she will negotiate her release.”
Russia has extended Griner’s detention several times. Cherelle spoke to Secretary of State Antony Blinken about the issue, but doesn’t feel enough is being done to secure Griner’s release, and she urged the Biden administration to reach a deal.
“I’m pushing the US administration right now, the Biden administration, to do just that,” Cherelle said. “To make a deal for BG because it is wrongfully owned.”
The ReidOut airs weeknights at 7 p.m. MSNBC.
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