SAN FRANCISCO – Boston Celtic players on Saturday called on the White House to do everything in its power to secure the release of WNBA player Brittany Greener, who has been detained in Russia since February.
The players wore T-shirts with “We BG” on the front and a QR code on the back leading to a White House petition for a two-time Olympic gold medalist in practice in San Francisco before Sunday’s NBA Final Game Two. .
“The shirts were crucial not only to show our support for our sister detained in Russia but also to show our unity and love across the NBA and WNBA,” Celtics forward Grant Williams told reporters.
“She has been an important part of the WNBA for many years and has influenced young female athletes in the United States and abroad.
“We hope to get her back to the United States and reunite with her family and do what she likes and bring back the love and determination that she always plays on the court.”
Greener was detained at a Moscow airport on February 17 after a search of his luggage turned up multiple marijuana oil vapor cartridges. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
The U.S. State Department determined last month that Greener had been unjustly detained and assigned diplomats to work for his release.
Greener was arrested at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport as diplomatic relations between Washington and Moscow deteriorated following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Greener has played for the Russian professional team in the WNBA off-season for many years.
“We wanted to come out and show our support,” said Celtic guard Jelen Brown.
“He’s been there a long time and we think that’s enough.”
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