Steph Curry says WH refused to help with Brittney Griner


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Steve Curry looks on before a game at the Golden State Warriors.

Golden State Warriors Star Steve Curry said he wanted to help in any way he could to push for Britney Greiner’s release, but the White House refused to help.

This week Curry spoke out about his political defense, saying in an interview with rolling rock He reached out to the Biden administration to offer his assistance in pressuring Russia to release the Phoenix Mercury star. But Carey says the White House was not too interested in helping him – and even encouraged him to remain silent on the issue.


Carrie wanted to talk to Griner

Grenier was detained by Russian authorities in February after he was seized with cannabis oil cartridges at a Moscow airport. While behind bars awaiting trial, Carey said he reached out to contacts in the Biden White House to offer his assistance in pressing for her release. Greiner later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nine years in prison.

At the time Curry first reached out, the White House was working behind the scenes with Russian authorities and didn’t want much public pressure. So Carey said the White House told him to keep quiet.

“They were telling us, ‘Don’t say anything,’” said Carey.

Greiner’s arrest was not announced until March 5, and pressure gradually increased for her release. The White House called her imprisonment an unlawful arrest, and several athletes began speaking out. Carrie was among them, defending her release in an interview with Malika Andrews from ESPN.

It’s an unfortunate situation, it’s a tragedy,” said Carey, adding, “You have to be at home.”


Pushing the NBA and WNBA for the Griner Edition

Several others have now joined Curry in pressing for Griner’s release. After she was convicted and sentenced this summer, the National Basketball Association and the NBA released a joint statement that they called “unjustified.”

“Today’s ruling and ruling are unwarranted and regrettable, but not unexpected, and Britney Greiner continues to be wrongfully detained,” Commissioners Cathy Engelbert and Adam Silver said in the statement. SI.com. “The WNBA and NBA’s commitment to her safe return is unwavering and we hope to be near the end of this process to finally bring BG back to the United States.”

But even as the White House continued to work on her release, officials reportedly denied the assistance of another former NBA star. Dennis Rodman, a former Chicago Bulls star and Hall of Famer, said in August that he had obtained permission to travel to Russia to lobby for her release.

“I got permission to go to Russia to help that girl,” Rodman said. NBC News. “I’m trying to go this week.”

A senior official replied by saying Reuters That the White House was still trying to work directly with Russia and was concerned that any efforts beyond that could actually make the situation more complicated.

“It is public information that the administration has made an important offer to the Russians and anything other than negotiating further through the existing channel is likely to complicate and impede release efforts,” the official said.


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