Brittney Griner hugs her wife Cherelle upon landing in San Antonio after being released from a Russian prison. (Screen cap from Britnney Griner’s Instagram account) In her first public statement since her release from a Russian prison and return to the U.S., WNBA star Britnney Griner said she is “super grateful” to be back in the U.S., that she intends to return to playing in the WNBA and that she intends to do whatever she can to bring home Paul Whelan, another American still being held prisoner in Russia.
In a statement released on her Instagram page, Texas native Griner thanked her wife Cherelle Griner and the rest of her family, President Joe Biden, her reps and others who fought to bring her home.
She wrote, “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.” She continued, “President Biden, you brought me home, and I know you are committed to bringing Paul Whelan and all Americans home, too.