On Monday, LeBron James posted a letter from Joe Biden imploring him to bring Brittney Griner home from Russia.
Since her arrest on drug allegations in February, WNBA standout Griner has been held in Russian jail.
The letter requested that the US “quickly address this human rights concern” and return her to the United States.
LeBron James has asked President Joe Biden to bring WNBA star Brittney Griner home from Russia, where she has been held for almost 100 days.
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“We need to band together and do whatever we can to get BG home as soon as possible!! Our collective voice as athletes is stronger “He tweeted to his 51.4 million followers late Sunday night.
Griner was held in “inhumane conditions in a Russian prison” and had been “denied communications with her family and loved ones,” according to a letter shared by the Los Angeles Lakers superstar in the same tweet.
“BG’s incarceration must be handled out of respect for the purity of all sport and for all Americans travelling worldwide, as a decorated Olympian and member of an elite global sport community. It is critical that the US government address this human rights issue as soon as possible and take whatever steps are necessary to bring Brittney back home “the letter went on.
The WNBA’s 26th season is set to be one of the most entertaining yet, with new coaches, a stacked rookie class, and an abundance of superstars throughout the league’s 12 teams. And, before of the season’s opening games on Friday, Insider looked at the league’s highest-paid players on each team, using Spotrac’s pay data.
For the 2018 season, three players, two of whom play for the same WNBA team, will earn a league-high $228,094 in supermax salary. Another 11 players will earn $200,000 or more this year, with seven of them being the biggest earners on their respective clubs.
The Dallas Wings, Los Angeles Sparks, and Las Vegas Aces are the only three teams without a single player earning $200,000 or more this season.
“Join us in demanding that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris bring Brittney home quickly and safely by taking action today,” the letter concluded, along with a link to a Change.org petition advocating for Griner’s safe return, which has collected more than 300,000 signatures.
Since February 17, when customs authorities at a Moscow airport stated they found cannabis oil in her suitcase, the WNBA player has been held in Russia. She had been in Russia for the past eight years, fighting for the European powerhouse club UMMC Ekaterinburg.
Griner was officially classed as “wrongfully imprisoned” by the US State Department last month, a decision that one expert says sends a “clear signal that the US government does not believe there is a legitimate case against her.”