WNBA star Brittney Griner a has broken her silence since returning back to the US after her time detained in a Russian prison.
The 32-year-old took to instagram, sharing images of her coming down from the plane, back in the United States. She wrote,
“It feels so good to be home! The last 10 months have been a battle at every turn. I dug deep to keep my faith and it was the love from so many of you that helped keep me going. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone for your help.”
She also took time out to appreciate those who helped bring her home as well as clarify her future plans regarding her WNBA status.
“President Biden, you brought me home and I know you are committed to bringing Paul Whelan and all Americans home too. I will use my platform to do whatever I can to help you. I also encourage everyone that played a part in bringing me home to continue their efforts to bring all Americans home. Every family deserves to be whole.”
“I also want to make one thing very clear: I intend to play basketball for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury this season, and in doing so, I look forward to being able to say ‘thank you’ to those of you who advocated, wrote, and posted for me in person soon.”
Brittney Griner was arrested in February 2021 at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport for allegedly possessing vape cartridges that contained cannabis oil in her luggage. She was found guilty on drug charges by a Russian court in August and was sentenced to nine years in prison.
On Dec. 8, she was released as part of a prisoner swap that saw the U.S. return Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was 11 years into a 25-year sentence, back to Russia.