‘You’re Not Forgotten’ – Imprisoned in Russian Penal Colony, ‘Champ’ Brittney Griner Receives Overwhelming Love From Martina Navratilova

Published 11/26/2022, 11:40 AM EST

Martina Navratilova has once again taken a stand to show solidarity with the WNBA star, Brittney Griner. Russia imprisoned the basketball star in Russia and the worrying conditions in which Griner is living have come to Navratilova’s notice. The US government authorities have reiterated time and again that they are trying to get the player back.

Navratilova is making sure that they don’t forget. However, this is not the first time, she has previously raised her concern about bringing her back to the US as well.


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Martina Navratilova voices her concern for imprisoned Brittney Griner in Russia

The Czech-American player has once again taken to Twitter to bring people’s attention to the basketball star’s imprisonment in Russia. Earlier too, she raised her voice to bring her back to the US. But that is not happening at the moment.

US WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner arrives to a hearing at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow on June 27, 2022. – Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and WNBA champion, was detained at Moscow airport in February on charges of carrying in her luggage vape cartridges with cannabis oil, which could carry a 10-year prison sentence. (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

After getting nine-year imprisonment, they sent Griner to Mordovia, which is also known as ‘the land of prisons’.

To make her stance clear once again, Navratilova tweeted while sharing the news, “Brittney- hang in there Champ, you are not forgotten!!!

Griner was imprisoned for carrying illegal drugs to Russia and this has brought harsh punishment upon her. However, many celebrities have called for her to be returned to the US, instead of letting Russia punish her there.

Navratilova’s take on Twitter


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The 18-time Grand Slam champion is an avid Twitter user. She expresses her political and social views on the platform. In an old interview, she focused on the power of Twitter.

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 28: WTA legend Martina Navratilova during the Women’s Doubles prize ceremonyo n day 8 of the 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global at Singapore Indoor Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Lionel Ng/Getty Images)

Navratilova wished Twitter was there during her younger years so that she could use it to raise her voice and engage with a bigger audience.


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On the other hand, Navratilova does not seem to like the prevailing conditions of the social media platform. Mainly because of the owner of Twitter, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk; she has made her dislike for him clear, on more than one occasion. Whatever the case, Navratilova is still actively using the platform to raise pressing issues that concern the world.



Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. She has pursued her Master's in history from Himachal University, but her love for the game has driven her to write about tennis. Shivali is a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires Osaka not only for her on-court performances, but also for her off-court actions.

Edited By: Arijit Saha