Ex-Olympian Becky Hammon urges Putin to RELEASE Brittney Griner, saying, “Do the right thing.”

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Calling on Putin to RELEASE Brittney Griner, former Russian Olympian Becky Hammon urges him to “do the right thing.”

The Kremlin has been urged to grant Brittney Griner safe passage back to the United States by former Russian Olympian and current head coach of the Las Vegas Aces Becky Hammon.

Following a conviction for drug possession and smuggling, the eight-time WNBA All-Star was given a nine-year sentence in a Russian penal colony on Thursday.

Griner received a prison sentence of one year and a 1,000,000 ruble (about $16,700) fine in addition to his time behind bars.

“I just ask the Russian government to do the right thing,” Hammon said to Reuters on Tuesday. “It’s something that obviously hits super close to home for me.”

“Doing the right thing is never too late.”

We are requesting leniency.

We are requesting mercy.

And we are requesting to bring BG home.

Hammon was born and raised in the United States, but he decided to compete for Russia in the 2008 Olympics after not being given enough “opportunity” there.

To many people’s chagrin, Hammon donned the red, white, and blue of Russia in Beijing and later in London after accepting a request to play for their national team after the US refused to, in her words, give Hammon a “chance.”

Before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, USA Basketball unveiled its initial list of 23 potential athletes, and Hammon was not one of them.

Hammon was invited, but the situation was too bad for her to participate when it was later expanded to 30 players.

In 2008, Hammon admitted, “I’ve never even participated in a FIBA-sanctioned event.”

It took them a while to give me the chance.

I am clear about how I feel about my nation.

I admire what America stands for and the fact that we are the only free nation.

But freedom has never been free.

It was paid for by individuals.

The color of her uniform did not determine the level of her nationalist pride, Hammon also told ESPN in 2008.

“The jersey I wear did not create who I am.

What is written on my heart has no bearing on this.

Viktor Bout, the infamous “Merchant of Death” arms dealer who has been detained in the US since 2010, and Brittney Griner are being discussed as a possible trade, Russia announced on Friday.

Sergei Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia, said: “We are ready to discuss this topic, but within the framework of the channel that was agreed upon by presidents Putin and Biden.” on Friday while visiting Cambodia.

However, he issued a warning that if US officials speak…

Short Summary of Nokia News.

Becky Hammon urged Russia to show ‘leniency’ & allow Griner to return home Hammon became a naturalized Russian citizen in 2008 and represented the country in basketball at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics Her decision to become a citizen of Russia arose after not being given an ‘opportunity’ to represent the US national teamHammon had no ancestral relationship to Russia before accepting citizenshipThe US government are planning a trade deal in exchange for Griner’s freedom

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