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LeBron James criticizes US efforts to bring Brittney Griner home

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When WNBA star Brittney Griner approaches her fifth month of detention in RussiaLeBron James criticized the US response to her detention and questioned whether she wanted to return home.

“Now, how can she feel like America has her back?” James said in a trailer for the latest episode of his talk show, “The Shop: Uninterrupt”. “I would feel like, ‘Do I even want to go back to America?’ “

The episode – featuring extensive discussion between James, co-host Maverick Carter, show creator Paul Rivera, actor Daniel Kaluuya, British soccer star Marcus Rashford and artist Rashid Johnson – will air every Friday on YouTube.

After the trailer was released on Tuesday, James followed up his comments by tweet that he “didn’t bring down our beautiful country.”

“I am simply saying how emotional she is probably feeling,” he wrote, “along with so many other emotions, thoughts, etc inside the cage she has been in for over 100 years. day!”

It’s unclear when the episode was filmed, but the NBA superstar’s comments come days after Phoenix Mercury Coach Vanessa Nygaard mentioned James while speaking about Griner’s situation.

“If it was LeBron, he’d be at home, wouldn’t he?” Nygaard speak at a press conference last week. “It is a statement of the value of women. It was a statement of worth as a Negro. It’s a statement about the worth of a gay person. All those things. We know it.”

James is one of a number of famous athletes who have publicly supported further efforts to bring Griner home. In June, the Lakers star shared a tweet calling on President Biden and Vice President Harris to “get Brittney home quickly and safely by taking action today.”

Without interruption, a multimedia company founded by James, sold t-shirts that read “We Are BG” this week to benefit a campaign fund founded by the Griner family.

Griner was arrested on February 17 and charged with carrying vape boxes believed to contain cannabis oil in her luggage at Sheremetyevo International Airport outside Moscow. If convicted, she could face up to 10 years in prison. Grinder pleaded guilty in a Russian court on Thursday.

Earlier this month, Griner wrote a letter to Biden. In it, she said she was “appalled” that she could be in Russia “forever” and called on Biden to work towards the release of her and that of other Americans detained abroad. .

“I realize you are facing a lot of things, but please don’t forget about me and other American Detainees,” Griner wrote. “Do all you can to get us home. I voted for the first time in 2020 and I voted for you. I trust you. I still have a lot of good things to do with my freedom that you can help restore. … I’m grateful for anything you can do at this time to get me home. “

Biden told Griner’s wife, Cherelle, in a call on Wednesday that he was working to secure the basketball player’s release “as soon as possible,” the White House said.

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