Stephen Curry introduced fellow basketball star Brittney Griner a high-profile display of support Tuesday, as the WNBA participant marked her thirty second birthday at the back of bars in Russia.
Hours after Griner launched a message thanking the ones combating to get her house, Curry spoke out in the course of the Golden State Warriors’ championship ring rite Tuesday.
“We want to continue to use our platform and the opportunity to shout out a very special member of the basketball community,” Curry told the crowd ahead of the opening night game against the Los Angeles Lakers. “Brittney Griner’s birthday is today, she’s 32 years old.”
“We want to continue to let her name be known and we pray,” the NBA star said, noting it had been 243 days “since she was wrongfully incarcerated in Russia.”
“We hope that she comes home soon, that everybody’s doing their part to get her home,” he said.
Griner has been awaiting a hearing in Russia later this month after her defense team filed an appeal against her conviction on drug charges in Russia.
The WNBA star was arrested at a Moscow airport on Feb. 17 after authorities said they found cannabis-infused vape cartridges in her luggage. Griner pleaded guilty to the charges, saying she made an “honest mistake” in getting into Russia with hashish oil, which is against the law within the nation, after she had hurriedly packed for her flight.
She used to be sentenced on Aug. 4 to 9 years in Russian jail after being discovered to blame of drug ownership and smuggling.
The U.S. executive has maintained that Griner used to be wrongfully detained and had introduced to trade her and Paul Whelan, a company govt who has been detained in Russia since 2018, for Viktor Bout, a Russian hands broker serving a 25-year jail sentence within the U.S., two assets acquainted with the topic prior to now mentioned. But thus far, no such deal seems to were reached.
Griner issued her personal observation on her birthday, thanking her supporters for proceeding to combat for free up.
“Thank you everybody for combating so exhausting to get me house,” Griner said in a statement made through her attorneys, Maria Blagovolina and Alexander Boykov, who spent time with the WNBA star on her birthday and relayed birthday messages to her. “All the support and love are indubitably serving to me,” she said.
“Today is of course a difficult day for Brittney. 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 in a separate observation.
Austin Mullen and The Associated Press contributed.