Amidst the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the WNBA star Brittney Griner was detained by the Russian Officials on drug charges at an airport near Moscow on March 5. Fans, as well as her close people, are concerned since the diplomatic relations between these two countries, U.S. and Russia, are severely strained.
Last point on #BrittneyGriner : I’m careful in what I say about her case, and we all should be. Whelan & Reed have claimed extreme mistreatment in Russian custody. Reed has been seriously ill since late last yr. Speculation has consequences. This is her life and future at stake.
— Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon (@ksvarnon) March 6, 2022
Brittney Griner is how we found our love of the WNBA and basketball. She is a queer, black, non gender conforming American woman imprisoned in Russia during their violent aggressive military push. Keep her and her family in your thoughts. #FreeBrittneyGriner #BrittneyGriner pic.twitter.com/MZWovixVBT
— Erin Kelly (@pearlmialily) March 7, 2022
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) March 5, 2022
According to the reports, the two-time Olympic gold medalist, who plays for the Russian team “UMMC Ekaterinburg” during the off-season, was caught with a vape filled with oil derived from cannabis, which is banned in Russia, in her luggage, if found guilty she could be sentenced up to ten years in prison.
Her wife Cherelle Griner also shared an Instagram post regarding her detention yesterday. The Phoenix Mercury Player’s wife thanked everyone for their prayers and support during her “weakest moments” in her life and asked for privacy regarding Brittney’s situation overseas.
Just a few hours back Cherelle shared another Instagram post with a family picture and captioned her sentiments, describing how much she miss her, despite staying “busy” and is in pain and agony. While the Griner’s fans and friends prayed for her safe return from Russia in the comment box. If you want to know more about Cherelle Griner and her relationship with WNBA star, then continue reading.
Who is Cherelle Griner?
Cherelle Griner is an African American and was born on July 1, 1992, in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is the wife of Women’s National Basketball Association player, Brittney Griner. (Brittney was previously married to her fellow WNBA player “Glory Johnson” for three months. Later Johnson announced her pregnancy (conceived via in vitro fertilization) and gave birth to two twin girls.)
Cherelle Griner is a content writer and blogger with 37.1k followers on her Instagram Page. According to her bio, she is currently a third-year student of law school, which she is pursuing from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She currently promotes the brand called “Glo Juice Bar.”
Cherelle completed her graduation with a Bachelor of Applied Science from Baylor University in 2014 and has previously worked as a teacher at the Uplift Education Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. The former teacher shared this information in her Dec post last year.
Where did Brittney Griner and Cherelle Watson meet?
The duo first met each other while attending Baylor University in Texas and shared a close friendship with each other. After finalizing her divorce from Glory Johnson, the international basketball player asked Cherelle Watson out around in the summer of 2017.
The pair officiated their relationship with engagement rings in Aug 2018 and tied the knots together in the year 2019. Cherelle later changed her last name from “Watson” to “Griner” and is currently living with the love of her life, Brittney Griner, together in Houston, Texas, in the United States. Cherelle Griner is a proud mother of their three dogs.
Earlier today BG’s Fans have started a petition called “Secure Brittney Griner’s Swift and Safe Return to the U.S.” on Change.org and more than 1,000 people have signed this far.