As WNBA star Brittney Griner continues to be held in Russia over a drug conviction, Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry acknowledged her ongoing detainment in the course of the workforce’s championship ring ceremony on Tuesday — which was additionally Griner’s thirty second birthday.
Curry famous her birthday and instructed the house crowd that he needed to “use our platform and the opportunity to shout out a very special member of the basketball community.”
“We want to continue to let her name be known and we pray,” he mentioned. “It’s been 243 days since she’s been wrongfully incarcerated in Russia. We hope that she comes home soon, that everybody’s doing their part to get her home.”
Griner in August wasin Russian prison for drug possession after police mentioned they discovered vape canisters containing hashish oil in her baggage at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport in February. An enchantment will probably be heard October 25.
Griner on thanked her supporters by way of her attorneys, Maria Blagovolina and Alexander Boykov. The two spent spent a number of hours with Griner on Tuesday and relayed birthday needs to her.
“Thank you everyone for fighting so hard to get me home. All the support and love are definitely helping me,” Griner mentioned in an announcement.
Blagovolina mentioned Tuesday was a “difficult day” for Griner.
“Not only this is her birthday in jail away from her family, teammates and friends, but she is very stressed in anticipation of the appeal hearing on 25 October,” Blagovolina mentioned.
Griner’s spouse, Cherelle Griner, additionally marked the the eight-time all-star and Phoenix Mercury heart’s birthday on Instagram.
“Happy Birthday to my favorite person! 🤍Missing your company even more today!” Cherelle Griner wrote.
Earlier this month, Cherelle Grinerco-host Gayle King that she was afraid for the WNBA star’s future.
“It terrifies me because, I mean, when you watch movies, like, sometimes those situations don’t end well. Sometimes they never get the person back,” Cherelle Griner mentioned.