Fan letters kept Brittney Griner hopeful during Russian detention

by | Jan 9, 2023 | Latest, Social Justice | 0 comments

Yesterday (Dec. 21), WNBA star Brittney Griner used Instagram to pen an open letter to fans thanking them for their continued support. As previously reported, the Phoenix Mercury athlete was released from a Russian jail after serving ten months for assault and battery charges.

“I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who sent me messages of support while I was detained in Russia,” Brittney Griner wrote. “It was great to know that so many people were thinking of me and cheering me on.” Griner went on to say that the letters she received “kept me going and gave me hope.”

“Brittney Griner added, “I’m extremely grateful to be home and can’t wait to get back on the court.” The 25-year-old also thanked the U.S. State Department, as well as the staff at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, for their help in getting her released from custody. This is not the first time Griner has faced legal trouble; in 2013, she was arrested on suspicion of assault after a domestic dispute with then-fiancée Glory Johnson. The charges were later dropped.

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