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Brittney Griner at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

USA Basketball Statement on the Release of Brittney Griner

  • Date:
    Dec 8, 2022

USA Basketball statement on Brittney Griner's release after being detained in Russia since Feb. 17, 2022: 

Welcome home, BG!

Brittney Griner has shown bravery and resolve over the last nearly 300 days. USA Basketball is relieved that she is on her way home and will happily reunite with her wife, family and friends.

As her USA Basketball family, we are grateful for the work of the U.S. government and everyone who has worked behind the scenes to achieve this outcome.

We look forward to seeing Brittney again when the time is right and wish her the best in the days and weeks ahead.

We have Paul Whelan and his loved ones in our thoughts and know the Administration will work tirelessly to bring Mr. Whelan and other Americans who are detained home safely.


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