According to Politico, Megan Rapinoe privately lobbied President Biden to do more to free Brittney Griner.
Since February, when Russia discovered hashish oil vape cartridges in Griner’s luggage, Griner has been detained in Russia.
Rapinoe is among the many notable people who have called for the player’s freedom.
According to Politico’s West Wing Playbook, American soccer star Megan Rapinoe privately asked Vice President Joe Biden to do more to secure the release of Brittney Griner from Russia.
At a ceremony at the White House last month, Rapinoe was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, and she beamed with pride.
Rapinoe, who won gold with the national women’s team at the 2012 Olympics in London and bronze at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, spoke of Griner’s plight in Russia when she first received the call from Biden informing her that she would be awarded the meal.
Rapinoe wore a white suit to the White House ceremony, with her initials BG stitched into the lapel.
In July, she told ABC News, “I know the administration is working really hard to get her home, it’s obviously a difficult situation, but we need to get her home immediately.” I believe there is always more that we can do.
Russia has been holding 31-year-old basketball player Brittney Griner since mid-February, when airport officials claimed to have found vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage as she passed through Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.
She was there with the Russian professional women’s team UMMC Ekaterinburg, for whom she suits up during the WNBA offseason.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began just days after Griner’s arrest, has shattered relations with the United States and other Western countries.
Recently, a Russian court ordered Griner to serve a nine-year prison term.
Late in July, CNN reported that the Biden administration had attempted to negotiate the release of Griner and the freedom of Marine Paul Whelan, who had been arrested in the country on charges of spying, in exchange for the release of convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.
Whelan was given a 16-year prison term in Russia in June of 2020.
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