Photo: Getty Images
  /  10.06.2022

It’s been seven months since WNBA player Brittney Griner was detained in Russia in mid-February. As previously reported by REVOLT, the Phoenix Mercury athlete was traveling through airport security when authorities discovered she was in possession of cannabis oil.

In an interview with “CBS Morning News” today (Oct. 6), Brittney’s wife Cherelle spoke with show host Gayle King about her conversations with the Olympian. As the conversation began, Cherelle shared that she feels as though her wife is a “hostage” for Russia’s government to make a political statement. Brittney was sentenced to nine years in prison for carrying a substance that was legally prescribed to her in the United States.

Cherelle said after meeting with President Biden about Brittney’s case, she does feel he is doing all in his power to help. She added, “But there’s another party in this situation and we also are dealing with the need for Russia to have mercy on BG as well.” Cherelle said she thinks ultimately it will be up to Russian President Vladimir Putin to free Brittney.

The supportive wife is hopeful Putin will acknowledge that Brittney frequented Russia for around eight years and put a positive spotlight on the country by playing basketball for UMMC Ekaterinburg and paying taxes. Cherelle noted that similar reports of Americans being detained for cannabis-related issues have surfaced, but those Americans were free to go after paying a fine. She believes Russian officials are using Brittney’s star status to make a point.

While speaking with King, Cherelle revealed her communication with her wife has been limited. She said she wasn’t able to have a phone conversation until six months after Brittney’s arrest. And since then, there have only been two conversations. Cherelle shared that after their second talk, she cried for days on end because “it was the most disturbing call [she’d] ever experienced.”

“You could hear that she was not OK,” Cherelle said. Her voice began to break as she emotionally recalled not being able to do anything to help Brittney’s situation. The WNBA player is due back in court for an appeal hearing on Oct. 25.



View More
Choose your Vibe (Optional)
Choose your Vibe (Optional)



View More


Amber Riley on her "Glee" fame, growing up in Compton & dealing with anxiety | 'The Jason Lee Show'

Amber Riley appears on this all-new episode of “The Jason Lee Show” for a juicy ...
  /  03.01.2023

Funny Marco on his viral pranks, Kansas City & interviewing Boosie Badazz | 'Big Facts'

In the season three premiere, Funny Marco sits down with the “Big Facts” crew to ...
  /  02.02.2023

Blueface & Chrisean Rock talk arrests, threesomes & marriage | 'The Jason Lee Show'

Blueface and Chrisean Rock appear for episode two of “The Jason Lee Show.” The controversial ...
  /  01.25.2023

Jozzy talks signing to Diddy, her new album, writing for stars like Beyonce and being from Memphis

Love Records artist Jozzy sits down with “REVOLT Black News Weekly” Kennedy Rue to talk ...
  /  03.31.2023
View More