Joe Biden tells wife Brittney Griner he will work to get WNBA star released from Russian custody

US President Joe Biden spoke to the wife of detained WNBA star Britney Greener, who is on trial in Russia, to reassure her that he is working to secure the player’s freedom as soon as possible.
Biden’s conversation with Cherell Griner followed a personal message to the president in a handwritten letter from the basketball player that the White House received on Monday.

In the letter, Griner said she feared she would be permanently imprisoned in Russia and asked President Biden “to remember me and other American prisoners.”

Griner has been in Russian custody for four months and is currently on trial for possession of e-cigarette cartridges containing cannabis oil.
The call came as the Greener family began to press the Biden administration more aggressively by speaking out about its case, including through Britney Greener’s letter to the president.

“The President called Cherella to reassure her that he is working to secure the speedy release of Britney, as well as the release of Paul Whelan and other US citizens illegally detained or taken hostage in Russia and around the world,” White said. House said.

Phoenix Mercury vs. Las Vegas Aces - Game 5

Britney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury kisses his wife Cherell Griner in the stands after the Mercury defeated the Las Vegas Aces 87–84 in Game 5 of the 2021 WNBA Playoff Semi-Finals to win the series at the Michelob ULTRA Arena on October 8, 2021. Las Vegas, Nevada. Source: Getty / Ethan Miller/Getty Images

“He also read her a draft letter that the president is sending to Britney Greener today.”

According to the White House, Biden offered his support to the family and pledged to provide them “every possible assistance” during the administration’s crackdown on Britney Greener.

Griner, 31, is in the midst of a trial in Russia that began last week after she was arrested Feb. 17 on charges of possessing cannabis oil while returning to play for her Russian team. The trial is scheduled to resume on Thursday.