(East Los Angeles, CA) [From The Editor’s Desk]: The WNBA’s 2014 Champion, 8 x All-Star, the Phoenix Mercury’s Super Star, the U.S. Women’s National Team member, and 2 x Gold Medalist Olympian, Brittney Griner, made her return-trip home to American soil, last Thursday, December 8th, after spending a total of (294) days confined in one Russian detention center and one penal colony.
During her departure, President Joe Biden received Brittney’s spouse, Cherelle, at the White House as they spoke to the authorized U.S. State Department Officials confirming that she was indeed aboard the plane and headed to Houston, TX, where she was given a comprehensive medical exam upon her arrival at a designated facility.
Griner’s detention came to a sudden, and much-welcomed end after the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs successfully completed negotiations to have her released in exchange for Russian arms dealer, Viktor Bout.
Here is the official December 8th, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert’s press statement regarding Brittney Griner as issued from New York.
“There has not been a day over the past ten months where we all haven’t had Brittney Griner on our minds and in our hearts and that has now turned into a collective wave of joy and relief knowing that she will soon be reunited with her family, the WNBA player community, and her friends. BG has shown extraordinary courage and dignity in the face of enormous adversity. The WNBA is grateful beyond measure to the Biden Administration, the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, and all those who played a role in bringing BG home today. Our hope is that Paul Whelan and every wrongfully detained American will be returned home safely and as soon as possible.”
Among the many next steps for Griner will be the all-important transitioning back to her normal life, and then hopefully to be followed with the return of her playing women’s professional basketball for her team, the Phoenix Mercury, or perhaps something very different. Time will tell. Her family, fans, team, and the entire sports world are exceedingly glad to have her back, joyful, happy, and healthy.
Day-to-day coverage of Brittney can now be found in many of the nation’s mainstream print, electronic, and digital media outlets. We will bring our readers new information on her status in re-adjusting to be back home, as soon it becomes available through her spokespersons, the WNBA Communications Office, or the Phoenix Mercury.