- December 2022
Brittney Griner is coming home. Finally. The lesbian Phoenix Mercury star was released from Russian custody in a one-for-one prisoner swap.
While the circumstances aren't perfect—Russia refused to include another incarcerated American in the deal, for instance—Griner will be back with her family after a nine-month trip through hell as a political pawn.
I'm so relieved. And during the upcoming WNBA season, I'm sure I'll be downright pleased when Griner leads the Mercury to victory over my team, the Seattle Storm.
As long as it happens only once.
- October 2022
A Moscow appeals court today upheld WNBA star Brittney Griner's long-even-by-Russian-standards sentence for bringing medicinal hashish oil into the country. Since the Kremlin has refused to do a deal until the legal formalities were completed, we can fervently hope that now the time has come at last for Russia and the U.S. to swap prisoners.
Griner has played basketball against the best in the world. Never could she have imagined that her fiercest opponent would be a pasty, balding 70-year-old who can't go left.
- August 2022
So there we have it. A Russian court has sentenced Brittney Griner to 9 1⁄2 years in prison for bringing less than a gram of cannabis oil into the country.
That ends Act 1 of this Russian drama. Act 2, the Prisoner Swap, follows an intermission.
I prefer Chekhov.
Cartoon by Bill Bramhall
- July 2022
Thursday offered a bizarre juxtaposition. Two wildly successful lesbian American athletes, two starkly different lots.
Soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe went to the White House to receive the Medal of Freedom from President Joe Biden.
Basketball superstar Brittney Griner went to a Russian court to plead guilty on drug charges.
Rapinoe's fiancée attended the White House ceremony.
Griner held a photo of her wife as she entered the Russian court.
After the ceremony, Rapinoe flew to Mexico to rejoin the American national team, who celebrated her.
After the hearing, Griner returned to her jail cell, where, at best, assorted insects kicked up their heels.
At the White House, Rapinoe's white suit had Griner's initials stitched into the lapel, linking the two women on a day that Alfred Hitchcock might've directed and Rod Serling should've introduced.
- June 2022
- May 2022
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