Brittney Griner’s Welcome Party Exclusive – Hollywood Life +2023

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To Brittney Griner Landed in San Antonio on December 9, 2022 after being released from a Russian prison, questions remain about how she will celebrate her newfound freedom. After spending 294 days in a Moscow detention center for drug smuggling, there’s no doubt the athlete wants to celebrate the occasion with family and friends, including her WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury. Bryce Marseethe manager of basketball communications for the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury, EXCLUSIVE HollywoodLife that the organization is willing to do so.

Brittney Griner will receive a welcome home “that she deserves,” according to a Phoenix Mercury spokesperson. (EVGENIA NOVOZHENINA/REUTERS POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

“We will follow Brittney’s lead on when and how she will be officially welcomed back by fans, the media and our organization,” Marsee said. “Rest assured, when the time is right, she will receive the celebration she deserves.”

As for Brittney’s return to the basketball court, Marsee said after the 32-year-old’s grueling ordeal, there may be more important things to focus on now. “Our focus is on Brittney’s mental and physical health after what she’s been through over the past nine months,” he said. “We know she loves basketball and it’s one of the things that’s been taken away from her, but right now that’s not the main priority.”

On Thursday, President Joe Biden announced the release of Brittney, who was reportedly released in exchange for a Russian arms dealer Victor fight. Bout, who was arrested in 2008 on conspiracy to kill Americans, had served 10 years of a 25-year sentence. Biden also confirmed Brittney’s safe release on Twitter. “I was talking to Brittney Griner earlier,” he wrote. “She’s safe. She’s on an airplane. She’s on her way home.” Brittney’s wife, Cherelle grinner, was with the President when the prisoner’s release was confirmed.

Brittney was first arrested in March when she arrived at a Moscow airport Marijuana vape cartridges in her luggage. After pleading guilty in July 2022, she was sentenced to 9 years in prison. Her arrest came as Russia began its war against Ukraine, and many believe the athlete’s detention was used by the Kremlin for political gain.

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