As Brittney Griner prepares for her appeal hearing later this month, her wife Cherelle Griner sat down for her first interview since Brittney was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison for attempted drug smuggling.
During her interview with Gayle King for CBS News, Cherelle shared that she has spoken to Brittney two times on the phone since she’s been locked up in Russia. She says during the first phone call she was delighted to hear Brittney’s voice and thought Brittney was okay. However, she says after the second phone call with Brittney, that became the “most disturbing” phone call she has experienced. Cherelle continued to share that she could tell that Brittney had suffered to the maximum that particular day.
While expressing that she could see that Brittney is not herself at the moment, she shared that Brittney said to her, “My life just don’t even matter no more. I feel like my life just doesn’t matter.”
Gayle King noted that Cherelle hopes a prisoner swap can take place before Brittney’s appeal hearing on October 25th. She expressed her concerns that once the hearing is held, and the order is finalized Brittney could be in the position where she is moved to a labor camp.
Cherelle Griner is in the fight of her life to bring home her wife, Brittney Griner, who’s been sentenced to nine years in prison.
She fears the worst: “I don’t know if she has anything left in her tank to continue to wake up every day and be in a place where she has no one.” pic.twitter.com/WR4fm5RRUt
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) October 6, 2022
Cherelle also said,
“It’s like a movie for me. I’m like, ‘In no world did I ever thought, you know, our president and a foreign nation president would be sitting down having to discuss the freedom of my wife.’ And so to me, as much as everybody’s telling me a different definition of what B.G. is, it feels to me as if she’s a hostage.”
As previously reported, back in August Brittney Griner was found Brittney Griner guilty of attempted drug smuggling and sentenced to nine years and was fined about $16,300–one million rubles.
We’ll continue to keep you updated as more details become available.
TSR STAFF: Jade Ashley @Jade_Ashley94