Brittney Griner Releases Her First Statement Since Russian Prison Release

Britney Griner has released her first statement since being released from a Russian penal colony.

Griner was arrested in Moscow in February after hash oil cartridges were discovered in her luggage. She was released this week as part of a prisoner swap deal in which US authorities released convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to President Biden and his administration for the tireless work they have done to bring Brittney home,” the Griner family wrote in a statement. “We also want to give a special thank you to Governor Richardson and Mickey Bergman of the Richardson Center for their work and constant communication with us.”

“We sincerely thank you all for the kind words, thoughts and prayers — including Paul and the Whelan family, who have been so generous in supporting Brittney and our family at what we know has been a heartbreaking time,” the statement continued. “We pray for Paul and for the speedy and safe return of all Americans wrongfully imprisoned. We ask that you respect our privacy as we embark on this journey of healing.”

Welcome home, Brittney!

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