LeBron James says Brittney Griner should question returning to America

NBA star LeBron James questioned if WNBA star Brittney Griner should return to the United States whenever she is released from her incarceration in Russia.

The Los Angeles Lakers star made the comment about the Phoenix Mercury star in a trailer for his show, The Shop, which is scheduled to air on Friday on HBO.

“Now, how can she feel like America has her back?” James said. “I would be feeling like, ‘Do I even want to go back to America?'”

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This isn’t the first time James has commented on Griner’s situation.

In June, he demanded action from Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to bring Griner back to the United States, although now he apparently wonders if she should come back to the U.S.

“We need to come together and help do whatever we possibly can to bring BG home quickly and safely!!” James posted on Twitter. “Our voice as athletes is stronger together.”

Griner has been detained since Feb. 17 after vaping cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage while going through an airport outside of Moscow.

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WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted to a courtroom for a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 7, 2022. Jailed American basketball star Brittney Griner returns to a Russian court on Thursday amid a growing chorus of calls for Washington to do more to secure her release nearly five months after being arrested on drug charges.

Griner could land in prison for 10 years on drug smuggling charges. She recently pleaded guilty to the charges.

In the June post, James shared a message “demanding” President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris bring Griner home “swiftly and safely” by taking action today.

“As a decorated Olympian and member of an elite global sport community, BG’s detention must be resolved out of respect for the sanctity of all sport and for all Americans traveling internationally,” the post said. “It is imperative that the U.S. Government immediately address this human rights issue and do whatever is necessary to return Brittney home.”

“Join us in demanding that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris bring Brittney home swiftly and safely by taking action today.”

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