Brittney Griner’s wife, Cherelle Griner, gave a grim update to CNN’s Abby Phillips about her time in a Russian prison and the condition of her WNBA star husband.
In an emotional interview, Cherelle said that Brittney is “not well” and “she’s losing it.”
Cherelle was taken away by Russian authorities in late 2020 after travelling to Moscow with her husband on a humanitarian trip.
But while she was released after being detained for two weeks, her husband has since been held in prison near St. Petersburg without formally being charged with any crime.
His only contact with the outside world has come through letters exchanged between him and his wife.
Cherelle told Phillips that she had a good meeting with President Biden, which gave her more confidence in his efforts to bring Brittney home.
She said that negotiations have been very complex but that Biden is determined to make something happen.
According to Cherelle, the experience of her husband being held in a foreign prison has taken its toll on him mentally and emotionally.
“You can see it in his eyes when he speaks through letters,” she said. “He’s not well.”
At the same time, Cherelle expressed hope for the future and faith that justice would prevail.
She mentioned the reports of potential prisoner swaps between the US and Russia and said she was optimistic about what might come of them.
Despite the difficult circumstances, Cherelle is determined to keep fighting for her husband’s freedom and raising awareness about his case.
“He needs us,” she said. “He needs people all around the world to know what’s happening to him.”
The result remains unclear, but one thing is sure: Brittney Griner has an unwavering ally in his wife, Cherelle, who refuses to give up hope that he will be released from prison soon.
For now, she will continue to fight for justice on behalf of both herself and her WNBA star husband.
By bringing attention to his plight, Cherelle has become an inspiration for many people around the world who have been facing similar injustices.
No matter what happens next, she will always be remembered for her courage and tireless efforts to free her husband from a nightmare he never deserved.
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