SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Boston Celtics players on Saturday referred to as on the White House to do all the pieces in its energy to safe the discharge of WNBA participant Brittney Griner, who has been detained in Russia since February.
Players wore t-shirts with the phrases “We are BG” on the entrance and a QR code resulting in a White House petition on the again for the two-time Olympic gold medalist at follow in San Francisco forward of NBA Finals Game Two on Sunday.
“The shirts have been tremendous vital not solely for exhibiting our support for our sister who’s detained over in Russia however to point out the togetherness and love that we now have all through the NBA and the WNBA,” Celtics ahead Grant Williams informed reporters.
“She’s been a significant a part of the WNBA over time and has had an affect on younger feminine athletes within the U.S. and abroad.
“We hope to have her again within the U.S. and reunited along with her household and do what she loves and convey that love and tenacity she at all times performs with to the court docket.”
Griner was detained at a Moscow airport on Feb. 17 when a search of her baggage allegedly revealed a number of hashish oil vape cartridges. She faces as much as 10 years in jail.
The U.S. State Department final month decided that Griner was wrongfully detained and has assigned diplomats to work for her launch.
Griner’s arrest at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport got here as diplomatic relations between Washington and Moscow deteriorated following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Griner has for years performed for a Russian skilled staff in the course of the WNBA low season.
“We needed to come back out and present our support,” Celtics guard Jaylen Brown mentioned.
“She has been over there for an prolonged period of time and we really feel like sufficient is sufficient.”