Earlier this month, a Russian courtroom prolonged WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Griner’s pretrial detention till not less than June following her arrest.
Based on Russian authorities, Griner had hashish oil in her baggage and has been accused of smuggling vital quantities of a narcotic substance — an offense punishable by as much as 10 years in jail.
“I used to be numb. I could not transfer after which I mentioned: ‘You have to stand up now,'” Cherelle Griner mentioned on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in regards to the second she realized of her spouse’s arrest.
Griner added that she communicates along with her spouse “sporadically, right here and there” by way of letters and “completely” needs to talk with US President Joe Biden in regards to the state of affairs.
“I simply hold listening to that he has the facility,” Griner mentioned. “She’s a political pawn, so in the event that they’re holding her as a result of they need you [Biden] to do one thing, then I would like you to do it.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken beforehand mentioned the State Division is engaged on the case day and evening, and that Cherelle Griner ought to to not hesitate to achieve out if there may be something she just isn’t getting.
Nevertheless, Griner mentioned that she would not know if her spouse is a precedence in the way in which Blinken has described.
“I do not know,” she mentioned. “He mentioned she is prime precedence, however I wish to see it. I really feel prefer to see it might be me seeing BG on US soil. At this level, I do not even know who I am getting again when she comes again.”