Wednesday 5 October 2022 09:37 PM WNBA star Brittney Griner's wife fears she will 'never' get back on US soil trends now
The wife of WNBA all-star Brittney Griner, who was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison for drug possession, says she believes Griner is 'a hostage' and fears she will never see her again.
Cherelle Griner said she was 'terrified' in her first interview since Brittney was convicted of drug possession charges on August 4.
'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,' Cherelle told CBS News.
'To me as if she's a hostage.
'It terrifies me because, I mean, when you watch movies, like, sometimes those situations don't end well. Sometimes they never get the person back.'
Brittney is set to appear in a Russian court on October 25 to appeal her nine-year prison sentence.
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Cherelle Griner (pictured) spoke to CBS News on Wednesday. This is the first time she has addressed the media since her wife, Brittney, was convicted of drug possession charges in Russia
Griner said of Brittney's nine-year sentence: 'And so to me, as much as everybody's telling me a different definition of what BG is, it feels to me as if she's a hostage'
Brittney Griner (pictured) was arrested on suspicion of drug possession at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on February 17
Brittney, an eight-time all-star center with the WNBA´s Phoenix Mercury and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was arrested on February 17 after police found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport.
She admitted to having the canisters in her luggage, but added she had inadvertently packed them while in a rush. Her legal team presented statements indicating Brittney was prescribed cannabis to treat pain.
In the months leading up to her conviction, the US State Department said she was 'wrongfully detained' by the Russian government.
The US government previously offered Russia a prisoner exchange involving Griner and Paul Whelan, who is serving a 16-year sentence for espionage, for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer serving a 25-year sentence in the US.
Subsequent reports say the White House has not received a response to this offer.
Cherelle previously spoke to President Joe Biden about Brittney's return to the US, saying she believes the administration is doing everything in its power to return her wife
'I'm terrified I might be here forever,' she wrote. 'I