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NBA star LeBron James On Tuesday night, he clarified comments he made about Britney Griner’s detention in Russia, stating that he was not “banging on our beautiful country.”
The Los Angeles Lakers player said in the trailer for the latest episode of “Shop: No Interruptions,” which aired on Tuesday, that he wonders if Griner, the WNBA player for the Phoenix Mercury, will question whether the United States will cover her from then on. how the government didn’t get her out of jail.
“Now how can she feel like America has her back? I would have thought, “Do I even want to go back to America?” James said in the trailer.
Griner was arrested in February at an airport near Moscow for allegedly having hash oil in an electronic cigarette cartridge in her luggage. She pleaded guilty last Thursday. Griner plays offline in Russia–earning season.
“My comments on The Store about Britney Griner didn’t hit our beautiful country,” James tweeted Tuesday night. “I was just talking about how she probably feels emotionally along with many other emotions, thoughts, etc. inside this cage she has been in for over 100+ days! In short, #BringHerHome.”
Griner’s wife, Cherell, was on the phone this week with President Biden, who called to “reassure her that he is working to secure the speedy release of Britney, as well as the release of Paul Whelan and other illegally detained US citizens.” ..or taken hostage in Russia and around the world,” the White House said.
The US State Department said removing Griner from Russia remains a “top priority” for the administration.
Griner was arrested shortly before Russia invaded Ukraine, making her situation more difficult as the US imposed heavy sanctions on Russia in connection with the war.