It seems that nobody in Washington D.C. is prepared to make any real moves to free the WNBA star Brittney Griner from her Russian prison cell. The Biden Administration is been slow to respond at any level.
So guess who is heading to Russia to try and win her release? Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is packing his bags and ready to go one-on-one with the Kremlin. Rodman has even been permitted by the White House to make this trip.
“I got permission to go to Russia to help that girl,” Rodman told NBC News. “I’m trying to go this week.”
Rodman is going to try and make a difference in the life of a fellow professional basketball star. Griner is facing a 9-1/2 year sentence after she was arrested at a Moscow airport and charged with possessing illegal drugs.
Griner’s sentence is a typical one for Russian standards for those arrested with low-level drug possession. But it appears to be out of line for many Americans.
This isn’t the first time that Rodman has gotten the spotlight for being an unofficial ambassador for the United States. He functioned in this capacity with the North Korean dictator. He visited that country several times and has become a friend to its president.
Rodman has also been known to praise Putin saying that he is “actually cool.” The NBA star said that Trump’s White House thanked him for helping ease the tensions between North Korea and the United States.
Details of a potential deal with Russia and Griner remain up in the air, according to a source close to the White House. The Associated Press said that the U.S. offered the Kremlin convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout in exchange for Griner and jailed security executive Paul Whelan. But little progress has been made.
So let’s see if Rodman can rebound from what’s happened in the past and then get a slam dunk on Griner’s freedom.
BREAKING: Dennis Rodman will travel to Russia in an attempt to bring Britney Griner home, per @NBCNews.
"I got permission to go to Russia to help that girl. I'm trying to go this week. … I know Putin too well." pic.twitter.com/o27HR4eJEj
— Boardroom (@boardroom) August 21, 2022