Brittney Griner Standing in a defendant’s cage before a hearing in Khimki, RussiaOn Aug. 2, 2022.

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Ever Since her release from a Russian Prison colony December 2022, WNBA stars and Olympic Gold medalist Brittney Griner She has a recurring dream in which she is back in RussiaShe is having trouble with her paperwork.

In She says that she will go to her dream when she gets there Russian Please contact the Embassy for assistance. “I’m stuck right back in the cell that I was in, and there’s no talk of coming back. So it’s just right back into the place where I spent most of the time.”

Like Many WNBA players are able to play in the NBA. Griner’s In 2014, her salary was so low, that she began playing in the off-season for a team based in Russia Where the pay is much better than the U.S. But The following are some of the most effective ways to improve your own effectiveness. Feb. 17. 2022, only a few days before Russia invaded UkraineAuthorities at the Moscow Airport found two vapes cartridges that contained a small amount cannabis oil. Griner’s luggage.

Though Griner A woman who was prescribed medical marijuana for chronic pain caused by basketball injuries was detained and sentenced to prison. She In total, 293 days were spent in prison. Russia Before being released as a prisoner swap.

Griner, who is 6 feet 9 inches tall, feels like a caged animal in prison. “The guards would literally come open up the little peep hole, look in, and then I would hear them laughing, walking down the hallway,” She says

In prison, Griner Watch the video Russian Propaganda on TV that links President Biden Then, you can get in touch with us. Nazi She brushed her teeth using toothpaste that was expired from 2007. “We would put [the toothpaste] on the mold on the walls because it would help kill the mold growing on the walls,” She says

Griner The reunited team is now preparing her for her second year. Phenix Mercury. She In her memoir, she writes about her basketball career and her imprisonment. Coming Home.

Interview Highlights

Coming Home, by Brittney Griner
Coming Home, by Brittney Griner

On getting CovidRight before you leave for Russia You can also find out more about the following: February In 2022, you have a bad feeling regarding the trip

There It was obvious that there were many warnings to not go. But … I was raised on the belief that you should finish what you begin. And I will never put my teammates in an uncomfortable situation. We We are about to win Euroleague The following are some examples of how to get started: Russian LeagueAs we always have. So I wanted to get it over with and let it be.

On The scene at the Moscow She was detained at the airport

I’ve The trip is repeated in a single season. We Come back twice or three times in one season [I’ve] Eight years in the same place. So, I’ve Never seen such security. … It The randomness of the event was quite shocking. And Everyone who was being pulled to one side looked either American You know, it’s not possible.Russian. And All of us Russians We were basically walking through the middle and not being checked. …

[Getting detained was] Life changing. I had all of these horrible thoughts about never being able to see my family again, and of course, the media, the news outlets were all voicing their opinions, with everyone giving their own opinion, as well as the naysayers using this ammunition to start spouting all of these negative things against me.

On The life of a Russian Prison

You Have three toilets, one shower and 50 plus women. Then There’s no hotwater. I had both a bucket and ladle. So You would use a teakettle to warm the water in the sink and then pour it into a bowl or bucket. You Use the bucket to fill the shower. You You can scoop and pour in the bath by squatting down. And This is how you shower. You have maybe five minutes, because there are about 10-12 other women in the bathroom waiting to enter that shower.

On The hopelessness that she experienced while in prison brought back memories of the loneliness she experienced as a child

When I was in school, girls would touch my chest with their hands and giggle. “Oh, look, she’s really not a girl. She’s a man. Listen to her voice. Look how big she is.” So Just addressing that issue in isolation. And This is before the sports. Before I was the oddball, the one who was so different.

[In prison] … It was the same spectacle. When First, I will [went] Just as I entered the county cell and was isolated, the negative thoughts started to creep in. My The end of life has come. … Who When I come out, will you still be alive? Will My parents are still there? Will How long can my wife and me stay in jail together? All It felt as if it would have been better to be somewhere else.

Griner Competes for Team USA on Aug. 8. 2021, in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Griner Both gold medals were won Tokyo And in Rio de Janeiro.

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On Reuniting with her spouse after her release from jail

We You have to learn to be together but also take some time apart to heal. Some The things we used to love doing have changed. I loved being at home all day, in the same room all day, watching TV and shows. And It was an emotional trigger for me, because all I could do in the center was lie on my mattress for the entire day, except for the hour spent outside. So. I could not do it like that anymore. … We Keep the house cool. I hate being cold now. I was agitated. I had been off for a while and…we realized that being cold was what put me back into that cell. So It was like small things… we corrected the mistakes.

On She returns to basketball

If If I had waited to start again, it would have been harder. HonestlyIf I wanted to return to playing, I had to get in shape. I knew I could not wait any longer. And They did everything they could to get my back on the court. I’m glad I did it. … I am 100% my old self.

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