Brittney Griner Supporters Call on Biden to Make a Deal to Free Her

The government, she said, is “discussing whether to start negotiations” while it has already been determined that her wife was wrongly detained. “Instead they argue and waste time of my wife’s life.”

White House officials declined to comment.

Government officials have said Mr Biden’s team is in regular contact with the Griner family and Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Cherelle Griner in May. The special hostage envoy is also in touch with Mrs. Griner’s team.

Bill Richardson, the former governor of New Mexico and the former US ambassador to the United Nations, has also tried to free Ms Griner and another American in Russia, former Marine Paul Whelan, who has been incarcerated since 2018.

Still, Cherelle Griner said she wasn’t sure how much priority the White House was giving the case. She told The Associated Press that she would speak with her wife by phone for the first time in about four months over the weekend, but a logistical problem at the US embassy in Moscow disrupted plans.

According to The AP, the embassy would facilitate the conversation between the two women. But when Brittney Griner called the embassy to be put through to her wife in the United States, there was no answer. Brittney Griner’s lawyers said she tried to call 11 times while her wife waited unsuccessfully for the call, The AP reported.

“I was distraught. I was hurt. I was done, I was tired,” Cherelle Griner told The AP