Britney Greenner Written to President Joe Biden with an urgent request: “Please don’t forget me.”
The WNBA star’s message came through a letter she handwritten in a Russian prison, where she has been held since she was detained Arrested at Moscow airport in February Regarding drug charges. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison.
“As I sit in a Russian prison, thinking alone, without the protection of a wife, family, friends, Olympic jersey or any achievement, I’m terrified that I might be here forever,” Greener wrote.
A representative for Griner shared parts of the letter with BuzzFeed News and other outlets, but said the full information would be kept confidential between her and the president.
“On July 4th, our family usually honors those who fought for our freedom, including my father, a Vietnam veteran,” Griner wrote. “It pains me to think about how I usually celebrate the day because what freedom means is completely different from me this year.”
Greener, 31, also told Biden that her first vote was for him in the 2020 presidential election.
“I know you’re dealing with too many things, but please don’t forget me and the other American detainees. Please do what you can to bring us home,” she said. “I voted for the first time in 2020, and I voted for you. I believe in you. There are many more benefits to my freedom, and you can help me recover.”
“I miss my wife! I miss my family! I miss my teammates!” Greener said. “Knowing they’re suffering so much right now makes me angry. I appreciate everything you can do at the moment to get me home.”
In a statement provided to BuzzFeed News, National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said the White House was “actively” working to bring Greener home.
“We believe that the Russian Federation wrongly detained Britney Greener,” Watson said. “President Biden has made clear the need to see the release of all U.S. nationals who have been held hostage or wrongfully detained abroad, including Britney Greener. The U.S. government continues to work aggressively — using all available means — to bring her back go home.”
Watson also said senior officials were in frequent contact with Greener’s family and teammates.
But Greener’s wife, Sherrell, told CBS Tuesday morning that it was “very frustrating” that she hadn’t heard from Biden about the letter.
Sherrell said they were disappointed not to be able to meet with Biden in person.
“Every time I want to die… When I have to write to her, she asks, ‘Have you seen him?’ I have to say, ‘No. … I’m sure she’ll say ,’ I’m going to write to him now, because my family has tried it to no avail. So I’m going to do it myself,” Cherelle said.