James Wade has joined the chorus of players, coaches, and many others making a plea for the release of Brittney Griner from her detainment in a Russian jail cell. Griner also wrote a hand-written letter to Preisdent Biden pleaing for her release along with the other American detainees being held in Russia.
“I think I speak for the entire WNBA when I say this,” Wade said during his interview with CNN. “We need her home urgently.”
“I think I speak for the entire @WNBA when I say this: We need her home urgently” – Brittney Griner’s former coach @coachjameswade talks to CNN’s @ErinBurnett as the WNBA star faces a fifth month detained in Russia. pic.twitter.com/ICvGVz238l
— CNN (@CNN) July 20, 2022
Griner has been in a cell since February 1 after being accused of possessing hashish oil in a vape pen. She has been held by Russian authorities for over 150 days since then. She recently pled guilty to drug possession charges but her trail will still go on. Her teammates have testified on her behalf as well as front office members of the franchise she plays for during the offseason.
“She’s someone that has played for her country and represented her country at the highest fashion and she’s someone who should be at the top of everythingones thoughts and minds when it comes actually getting her home safely.” Wade said.
Meanwhile, U.S. officials and Griner’s family hold out hope that a prisoner swap can happen between Griner and other Russian detainees held in the States.
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