Vice President Harris was in the Phoenix Mercury locker room before Brittney Griner’s return to the basketball court.
Griner was arrested in February 2022 at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport after authorities discovered vape canisters filled with cannabis oil in her luggage.
He was given a nine-year prison sentence, but President Biden managed a prisoner exchange that returned Griner to the states.
Fifteen months after her arrest, she is back in the ground and Harris has visited her.
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«Thank you for everything you did to support Brittney, because I know it was hard and very difficult for you,» Harris said.
Griner’s release came with some backlash as she was taken home in exchange for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, while retired US Marine Paul Whelan remained in a Russian jail.
Griner said he had a «heartbreaking experience» in Russia.
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«I arrived in Moscow to meet the UMMC Ekaterinburg basketball team and was immediately stopped at the airport. That day was the beginning of an unfathomable period in my life that I am only now ready to share,» Griner wrote in a post on Instagram.
The WNBA posted a video of several players from the Los Angeles Sparks, Griner’s opponent on Friday, discussing the WNBA star in a positive light on Thursday.
«What I love about having BG back on the court is that basketball is his safe space.» Sparks forward Chiney Ogwumike said in the video. «Growing up in Houston, Texas with my sister, we follow her career closely, support each other, and just having her back means a lot to us.»
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Outside of preseason, Friday marks Griner’s first WNBA game since the 2021 Finals on Oct. 17 of that year.