Russia is Making “Tax Paying” Brittney Griner’s Arrest “Political”: Wife Cherelle

Published 11/06/2022, 6:30 AM EST

WNBA star Brittney Griner has been among the biggest headline makers of the year. Earlier this year, Russian authorities arrested her for carrying an illegal substance into the country. Later in August, a Russian court sentenced her to nine years in prison and imposed a fine of one million rubles. However, Griner’s lawyers appealed the sentence. However, a Russian court rejected her appeal and upheld the nine-year prison sentence. The news sent shockwaves around the world, especially to her sympathizers.

Her wife Cherelle has been with her in tough times and was disappointed by the news. Recently, she discussed a big mistake that she believes Russia is committing when it comes to Brittney Griner.

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Brittney Griner and Cherelle have been married since 2019. They have been each other’s biggest support ever since. Ever since Griner’s situation began, Cherelle has been trying to help her out in every way possible. The couple would never have imagined staying away from each for so long. But recent circumstances have changed everything.

Cherelle has appeared on many shows trying to drive support for the WNBA star. She recently voiced her opinion on the latest ruling from the Russian court.

Wife Cherelle reveals the big mistake Russia is making with Brittney Griner

Brittney Griner’s wife Cherelle recently appeared on ‘The View’ on ABC. During the show, she called the recent ruling “absurd” and called it politically driven. “There’s no other way for me to see it except it’s political,” Cherelle said.

“She loves playing over there and to see that the totality of the circumstances of who she is as a person wasn’t taken into account when they rendered their decision,” Cherelle said. “Her footprint is amazing for Russia. She’s paying taxes there.”

Indeed, Brittney Griner has been playing in Russia since 2014. She played for UMMC Ekaterinburg in the Russian league and reportedly made a seven-figure salary during the off-season of the WNBA. Furthermore, she has reportedly been paying taxes there with her financials in check.

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Griner has won several awards and accolades in Russia, which made her among the best players in the league. She had a huge impact on both the WNBA and the Russian league. The two-time Olympic champion has nothing to prove when it comes to her basketball skills. However, her lawyers have a herculean task on their hands to prove her innocence. The Biden administration is also reportedly working on finding a solution.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek Singh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

Edited By: Veer Badani

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