Brittney Griner expresses gratitude after launch from Russia

One week after she arrived again within the U.S. following 10 months of imprisonment in Russia, WNBA star Brittney Griner expressed gratitude to all those that helped safe her launch and supplied their love and help throughout her ordeal.

“The last 10 months have been a battle at every turn. I dug deep to keep my faith and it was the love from so many of you that helped keep me going,” Griner mentioned in an announcement launched Friday morning. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone for your help.”

Griner was arrested in Moscow on Feb. 17, when Russian authorities say they discovered vape cartridges with 0.7 of a gram of hashish oil in her baggage. She was sentenced to 9 years in jail. Final week, her launch was secured by the U.S. as a part of a high-profile prisoner swap for infamous Russian arms supplier Viktor Bout.

The U.S. was not capable of safe the discharge of former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who has been jailed in Russia for practically 4 years.

“President Biden, you brought me home and I know you are committed to bringing Paul Whelan and all Americans home too,” Griner wrote. “I will use my platform to do whatever I can to help you. I also encourage everyone that played a part in bringing me home to continue their efforts to bring all Americans home. Every family deserves to be whole.”

Additionally in her assertion, Griner addressed questions on her future.

“I also want to make one thing very clear: I intend to play basketball for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury this season, and in doing so, I look forward to being able to say ‘thank you’ to those of you who advocated, wrote, and posted for me in person soon,” she mentioned.