Brittney Griner, a basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA, joined the team in 2013.
She and Cherelle Griner met while they were both college students at Baylor University.
In June 2019, Brittney Griner, 31, wed Cherelle Watson, 28, who has subsequently adopted the name, Cherelle Griner.
Between 2010 through 2014, Cherelle attended Baylor University, where she majored in political science and government and minored in family and child studies, according to her LinkedIn profile.
In May 2022, she received her law degree from North Carolina Central University, and she posted a photo of herself on Instagram to celebrate.
Cherelle and Brittney met while both were students at Baylor University in Texas, but they didn’t start dating until after Brittney’s 2016 divorce from her now ex-wife Glory Johnson.
In 2018, Brittney asked Cherelle to marry her.
After they were married a year later, Brittney shared her love for her wife in an Instagram post from 2020 where she looked back on their first meeting.
“I will always remember the day we first spoke at Baylor in the subarea! written Brittney.
“I was instantly in awe of your beauty when you tapped me on the shoulder and informed me I had taken your milkshake (still up for discussion, hehe)!
“You didn’t know it, but I knew you were my kid. You were at my side through the best times and the worst.
Brittney Griner is being held in Russia for what reason?
On February 7, 2022, Brittney was stopped in Russia while going through security at an airport close to Moscow.
Airport officials charged Brittney with attempting to bring narcotics into the nation after discovering hashish oil in vape cartridges in her backpack.
She was accused of transporting drugs, and since February she has been detained in a penitentiary in Moscow.
According to Reuters, Brittney admitted guilt to the narcotics accusation and said she didn’t mean to break the law.
“Please accept my guilty plea, your honor. But no intention was present. I wanted to avoid breaking the law, “During the trial, Brittney informed the judge.
Added she, “Later, I’d want to provide my testimony. I require time to get ready.”
Brittney pleaded with Vice President Joe Biden to help her and bring her back.
She replied, “I know you have a lot on your plate, but please don’t forget about me and the other American captives.” Please do all in your power to get us home.
On July 6, Biden called Cherelle and promised to try to get her wife’s release.
The President contacted Cherelle to reassure her that he is working to ensure Brittney’s release as quickly as possible, as well as the release of Paul Whelan and other American citizens who are wrongly jailed or held hostage in Russia and other countries, the White House said in a statement.
A Russian court convicted Brittney guilty of narcotics possession and smuggling on Thursday, August 4.
The prosecution urged the judge to sentence the WNBA star to 9 1/2 years in jail during their final statements.
In the end, Griner received a 9-year jail term.