White House speaks with Brittney Griner’s wife, responds to WNBA star’s letter

U.S. WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner arrives to a hearing at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow on July 1. Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion, was detained at Moscow airport in February on charges of carrying in her luggage vape cartridges with cannabis oil, which could carry a 10-year prison sentence. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images/TNS

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke Wednesday with the wife of Brittney Griner, the WNBA star imprisoned in Russia on drug smuggling charges.

During the phone call, the president offered support and read Cherelle Griner a draft of the letter he is sending the Phoenix Mercury center. Griner sent a letter to the White House from jail on Monday, asking for more help in gaining freedom for herself and other wrongfully detained Americans around the world.

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