It’s been over four months since WNBA star Brittney Griner was arrested in Russia, after the Russian Federal Customs Service discovered vape cartridges that contained “hashish oil” in her luggage before taking a plane back home to the states.
In Russia, Griner could serve up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Of course, when the news broke, the WNBA released a statement saying that their main goal was to get Griner back to the states as quickly as possible, especially considering the fact that Russia is at war with Ukraine at the moment.
However, here we are four months later, and Griner is still in the hands of Russian law enforcement, and it appears that nobody has really busted a grape in getting her a pardon and sending her back to the U.S.
It’s been a widely-debated story, with opinions all over the map.
Many have said that athletes and celebrities don’t deserve special treatment for breaking the law in other countries, some have called into question Griner’s own history of condemning America, the flag and the national anthem, some have made the claim that Trump would’ve had her out by now, and others (including Griner’s coach Vanessa Nygaard) argue that if it was LeBron James, he would be home by now too.
And speaking of LeBron, he made some rather, well… bold statements about Griner’s extended stay in Russia.
The Shop released a trailer for their upcoming episode, which features NBA star Lebron James, along with actor Daniel Kaluuya, soccer player Marcus Rashford, and artist Rashid Johnson.
In the clip, you can hear Lebron say:
“Over 110 days, how can she feel like America has her back? I would be feeling like, ‘Do I even want to go back to America?”
I get the whole “how can she feel like America has her back?” thing, but are we talking about living in a free country like the United States, or a harsh dictatorship in the hands of Vladimir Putin?
Or is he saying, once she gets out, don’t come back to America and live somewhere else? When is she gonna get out… in 10 years? The 7-time all-star also plays professional basketball for the Phoenix Mercury… in America. Is she gonna give that up too?
Ice cold take Bron…
Then again, we all know how quickly LeBron will cave to China…