House of Representatives passes bill calling for immediate release of Brittany Griner, WNBA star still in Russian custody

By Tashi McQueen,
Report For America Corps Member,
Political Writer for The AFRO

Black woman and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star, Brittany Griner has been detained in Russia for carrying an illegal substance into the Moscow Airport.

On Friday, the US House of Representatives came to an agreement on the Griner Resolution that would help release her as soon as possible. 

H. Res. 1132 is calling for the immediate release of 31-year-old Griner, a known LGBTQ+ figure. Griner is a citizen of the United States, who was wrongfully detained by the Government of the Russian Federation in February 2022. She could face 10 years in prison if convicted.

“Every single day that Russia wrongfully detains Brittney Griner is an injustice,” said Arizona Rep. Greg Stanton (D-AZ-09) via Twitter, on June 14. “I’m leading my colleagues in Congress to demand her immediate release—and we won’t stop working until she’s safely home.” 

The bipartisan resolution was introduced to the House’s Foreign Affairs committee by Rep. Stanton. The Bill was considered passed through a revision of H.Res. 1204 on June 24. A preliminary hearing will be held in Moscow on June 27, Griner’s lawyer confirmed to ABC News. 

WNBA star Brittany Griner has been detained in Russia for allegedly carrying an illegal drug into the Moscow Airport since February 2022. Arizona Rep. Greg Stanton’s (D-AZ-09) bipartisan Bill calls for the immediate release of Griner. The resolution has been passed as of June 24. A hearing was scheduled for June 27 in Moscow. (AP Photo)

Griner’s wife, Cherelle said in a statement, “I am grateful for this overwhelming show of support from Congress. We need to be doing all we can to keep Brittney’s case on the forefront and finally put an end to this nightmare.” 

#BringBrittneyHome and #WeareBG are tags that supporters use to advocate for her on Twitter.

“There’s really no one that can compare to her,” said Lebron James “She’s great.”

Phoenix Mercury, Griner’s WNBA team, continues to support her and gives regular updates of Griner’s situation via Twitter.

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