CHICAGO — Joined by Rev. Al Sharpton, Cherelle Griner, the wife of WNBA star Brittney Griner, who pleaded guilty Thursday to drug possession charges in a Russian court, made an emotional plea to authorities.
In town for this weekend’s WNBA All-Star game, set to be played at Wintrust Arena on Sunday, the pair expressed concerns about Griner’s criminal trial and conditions in the Russian jail she has been held for more than four months.
“We ought to rise to the same level that Brittney has and say, ‘wait a minute, right is right.’ She has stood up and I hope we show young people and fans around the world that when you stand up, that you will face what is fair and right,” Sharpton said.
Russian police said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in Griner’s luggage. Thursday’s plea could see the Phoenix Mercury center sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.
“It’s been overwhelming,” Cherelle Griner, thanking supporters.
Earlier this week, Griner wrote a letter to President Joe Biden expressing fears that she would never return home. In response, Biden spoke with Griner’s wife, assuring her that the White House was doing all it could to bring the star back to the US.
Cherelle Griner said she was able to read the letter, saying the President’s response brought her and Brittney much joy.
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