It feels so good to be home- Brittney Griner speaks out for the first time since being released from prison

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For the first time since being freed from Russian prison, the WNBA player spoke out.

Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer who had served 11 years of a 25-year prison sentence in the United States, was traded for prisoners as part of President Joe Biden’s agreement.

After discovering vape cartridges containing cannabis oil, Russian officials detained BG back in February. She entered a guilty plea in July and on August 11 received a sentence of nine years in a Russian penal colony.

She says via Instagram, “It feels so good to be home! The last 10 months have been a battle at every turn. I dug deep to keep my faith and it was the love from so many of you that helped keep me going. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone for your help.”

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The post continues, “I am grateful to each person who advocated for me, especially my wife, Cherelle Griner, my family, Lindsay Kagawa Colas and Casey Wasserman and my whole team at Wasserman, Vince Kozar and the Phoenix Mercury, the players of the WNBA, and my entire WNBA family, Terri Jackson and the WNBPA staff, my Russian legal team Maria Blagovolina and Alex Boykov, the leaders, activists, and grassroots organizations, Gov. Richardson and Mickey Bergman of the Richardson Center, the Bring Our Families Home Campaign, Roger Carstens and the SPEHA team, and of course, a special thank you to President Biden, Vice President Harris, Secretary Blinken and the entire Biden-Harris Administration.”

She goes on to say that she fully intends on returning to Basketball and playing for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury this season.

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