Quick Bit: LeBron James referenced the length of Brittney Griner’s detainment when weighing in on the WNBA star’s situation.
When LeBron James and business partner Maverick Carter founded the UNINTERRUPTED platform in 2014, it was to give athletes the platform to control the narrative while speaking on the most pressing topics both in and outside of the sports world.
In the trailer for the latest episode of UNINTERRUPTED’s “The Shop,” the two do just that, as Carter and James discuss the detainment of WNBA star Brittney Griner, who was arrested in Russia in February and remains in a Russian prison as she faces up to a 10-year sentence.
In a snippet from the upcoming episode, James comments on Griner’s situation, saying “now, how can she feel like America has her back?” Referencing the fact that Griner has been detained in Russia for over 110 days.
In the spliced clip, James added “I would be feeling like, ‘do I even want to go back to America?'”
While the segment of the trailer lasts no longer than 10 seconds, the brief clip has caused a stir in response to James’ comments on the matter.
It is worth noting, however, that due to the ways in which the trailer is edited, it will be impossible to gather the full context of James’ comments until the full episode is released.
James later responded to the controversy surrounding his comment. He tweeted out his response, giving some more clarity to the quote making the rounds.
The trailer for “The Shop” comes no less than 48 hours after the WNBA used its All-Star Game to honor Griner, with each participant wearing jerseys featuring Griner’s name and No. 42 in the second half. Last week, Vanessa Nygaard, head coach of Griner’s Phoenix Mercury, brought James into the situation, saying that “if it was LeBron, he’d be home, right?”
The upcoming episode of “The Shop” is not the first time James has spoken about Griner’s situation. Ahead of Game 2 of the 2022 NBA Finals, James sent out a tweet saying “we need to come together and help do whatever we possibly can to bring BG home quickly and safely!!”
He added, “our voice as athletes is stronger together,” tagging UNINTERRUPTED and providing the #WeAreBG hashtag along with resources for more information on Griner’s case.
Griner’s trial began in Moscow on Friday, July 1. A prosecutor claimed that Griner smuggled less than a gram of cannabis oil in her luggage.
While Griner pleaded guilty to drug charges during a hearing, she told the court that she did not intend to commit a crime and packed her things in a hurry. The Biden administration maintains that Griner is being wrongfully detained.
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