Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman (61) plans to fly to Russia to try to get compatriot and sportsman Brittney Griner (31) released. She was sentenced to nine years in prison at the beginning of this month for carrying medicinal cannabis oil for her e-cigarette when she arrived in Moscow.
‘MORE HARM THAN GOOD’
Dennis Rodman wants to put a stop to the prison sentence that his ‘colleague’ is hanging over his head. “I have permission to go to Russia to help that girl,” Rodman told NBC News. Who is unknown. “I’m trying to go this week.”
According to a government official, Rodman’s help can do more harm than good. “Anything other than negotiating through the established channels is likely to complicate and hinder the release attempts.” Everything has already been set in motion to bring Griner to the US. In addition to the fact that her lawyers have appealed, talks are also being held about a possible prisoner exchange between Russia and the United States. For example, the US would be willing to extradite Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout in exchange for Griner and Paul Whelan, an American ex-marine.
Former NBA player Dennis Rodman says he plans to visit Russia to seek the release of Brittney Griner.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 21, 2022
DENNIS RODMAN VS. WORLD LEADERS
It is not the first time that Rodman has gone abroad as an informal diplomat to discuss things. For example, in 2014 he was invited by Putin, whom he called “cool” . He also has a connection with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, whom he has visited several times. In his own words, he would have helped release American Kenneth Bae from North Korea in 2014 by writing a letter to Jong-un.
Brittney Griner, one of the best basketball players in the world and multiple Olympic champions, flew to Moscow in February to play for a Russian team. In court, she explained that the arrest is a mistake, as she was not aware that cannabis oil is banned in Russia. “It was my mistake, but I didn’t plan this crime. I never wanted to harm anyone or break the law. I hope you don’t end my life here with a conviction.”
President Biden has also spoken out on the matter. ” Russia is wrongly holding Brittney. This is unacceptable and I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, family, friends, and teammates.”
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