Brittney Griner, the Women’s National Basketball Association star, expressed concern over Russia’s detainment of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich.
In 2022, Griner was convicted in Russia for the possession of cannabis oil, and she spent 10 months in a Russian prison for that, before President Joe Biden got her released in a prisoner swap deal with Russia.
In an Instagram post on Sunday, Girner said, “Our hearts are filled with concern for Evan Gershkovich and his family since Evan’s detainment in Russia. We must do everything to bring him and all Americans home.”
Gershkovich was taken into custody by Russian authorities on Thursday, and he was accused of spying. The Wall Street Journal has denied the charges and demanded the immediate release of their reporter.
Girner, in her statement, asked president Joe Biden to intervene in Gershkovich’s case, as he did for her, and Jeff Woodke and Paul Rusesabagina.
“We are grateful for President Biden and his administrations’ deep commitment to rescue Americans. We celebrate their recent successful efforts to bring home Jeff Woodke and Paul Rusesabagina” she said.
“Every American who is taken is ours to fight for and every American returned is a win for us all,” she continued.
“This is why we call on all our supporters to both celebrate the winds and encourage the administration to continue to use every tool possible to bring Evan and all wrongfully detained Americans home,” she concluded.
President Biden, on the other hand, issued a message saying, “Let him go”. Vie President Kamala harris said that she is “deeply concerned” about the arrest. The latest reports on his case say that US officials are trying to get access to him, but have so far not managed to do so.