Britney Greiner’s wife Cheryl talks about WNBA Star’s 9-year rule: ‘It terrifies me’

Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury kisses her wife Cherelle Griner in the stands after the Mercury defeated Las Vegas Aces 87-84 in Game Five of the 2021 WNBA Playoffs to win the series at the Michelob ULTRA Arena on October 8, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada .

Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury kisses her wife Cherelle Griner in the stands after the Mercury defeated Las Vegas Aces 87-84 in Game Five of the 2021 WNBA Playoffs to win the series at the Michelob ULTRA Arena on October 8, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada .

Ethan Miller/Getty Images Britney Greiner and her wife Cheryl Greiner

Cheryl Greiner speaking publicly.

After two months Britney Greiner judge him Nine and a half years in prison for drug possessionWNBA Star Wife He will speak publicly for the first time about the referee and the future of the Griner In a new interview with CBS Mornings.

In a preview of Cheryl’s interview, she told CBS Gail King That 31-year-old Britney’s prison sentence and The adjective “unfairly detained” by the US State Department Feels like a movie to me.

“I’ve never thought of a scientist before, you know, that our president and a foreign head of state would sit down to discuss my wife’s freedom,” Cheryl told King in her first interview since Greiner’s sentencing. “And so to me, as much as everyone else tells me a different definition of what BG is, I feel like it’s a hostage.”

“It terrifies me, because when you watch movies, sometimes these situations don’t end well,” Cheryl added. “Sometimes they never get their person back.”

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Both Cheryl and King emphasized in the interview that unlike the high-stakes political drama, Britney’s situation is very real.

“Exactly, this is my life, and so I’m just sitting there like, ‘Shall we take it back? Can I see my wife again? Like, what’s going on [next]? ‘ she told CBS Mornings.

“The fact that everything is unprecedented and everything is changing, I think is a really good word,” added Cheryl. “I feel like every day I hear something new, and so it’s just.. it’s terrifying.”

On Monday, the Associated Press reported that a The Russian court set Griner’s appeal hearing on October 25Which the White House called “another bogus court measure,” according to King.

A Russian judge read Greiner’s verdict on August 4 for about an hour After her lawyers and the prosecution presented their closing arguments. The Phoenix Mercury star delivered an emotional speech, reiterating her position that although she pleaded guilty to bringing less than 1 gram of cannabis oil to Russia, I did it “unintentionally” The court asked for leniency.

“That’s why I pleaded guilty to the charges against me. I understand everything that was said against me, the charges against me and that’s why I pleaded guilty but I had no intention of breaking any Russian laws,” Greiner said. .

In a joint statement with PEOPLE, Griner’s lawyers called the ruling “completely unreasonable” in the wake of the ruling and said they would “definitely file an appeal.”

NBA women's basketball player Brittney Grenier, who was detained at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport and later accused of illegal possession of cannabis, arrives for a hearing in the Khimki court outside Moscow on August 4, 2022. — Lawyers for the accused .  American basketball star Britney Greiner, who is on trial in Russia on drug charges, said on July 26, 2022, that they hope she will get

NBA women’s basketball player Brittney Grenier, who was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport and later accused of illegal possession of cannabis, arrives for a hearing in the Khimki court outside Moscow on August 4, 2022. — Lawyers for the accused . American basketball star Britney Greiner, who is on trial in Russia on drug charges, said on July 26, 2022, that they hoped she would receive a “mitigated” sentence.

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As the Russian court ruled in the Griner case, the The Biden administration is still working on a deal With Russian officials to bring Griner and Paul Whelan, another American imprisoned in the countryHomepage.

On Monday, the Associated Press reported that the Biden administration had offered Russia a deal to secure their release in exchange for jailed arms dealer Victor Bout. The White House told the AP that it had not “received a productive response from Russia” to the offer.

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On September 18, President Joe Biden Separately met with Cheryl And the WhelanElizabeth Whelan’s sister is in the Oval Office, according to the White House.

The meetings were held “to underscore his continued commitment to working through all available avenues to bring Britney and Paul home safely,” he said. statement From press secretary Karen Jean-Pierre.

“He has asked about the well-being of Elizabeth, Cheryl and their families during this difficult time,” the statement continued. “The President appreciated the opportunity to learn more about Britney and Paul from those they love most, and acknowledged that every minute spent with them is so accurate.”

After the meeting, Cheryl posted a photo of herself with Biden, 79 Instagram To express gratitude for his support.

“I would like to thank President Biden for yesterday’s meeting as well as the administration for their efforts to secure my wife’s release,” she wrote in the caption. “I was honored to speak with him directly about the Britney we know and love. I’ve felt every minute of my seven stressful months without her. I look forward to the day my wife comes home.”

Related: Britney Greiner’s wife is on her ‘complete weakness’ as she seeks help for the detained WNBA player

“As my family and I continue this journey, I want to thank the broad coalition of friends, leaders, and supporters who continue to stand with us and advocate for Britney’s quick and safe return,” she continued.

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“Let’s share a united commitment to bringing all Americans back to their families and loved ones. Together we are BG,” Cheryl added.

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