WNBA star Brittney Griner, wife Cherelle encourage White House to bring detained reporter home from Russia
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WNBA star Brittney Griner and her wife Cherelle are advocating for the release of a detained reporter in Russia.
The couple recently took to social media to publicly urge the White House to bring the journalist home.
Paul Whelan, a 48-year-old former U.S. Marine, has been held in a Moscow prison since December 2018 after being accused of espionage, a charge that he has denied.
In a post on Instagram, Griner and Cherelle wrote, “We are asking the White House to bring Paul Whelan home. We are deeply concerned about the situation and the human rights violations. We urge the White House to take swift action and to use all resources available to secure his freedom.”
The post gained traction, with thousands of people commenting in support.
The couple's pleas for Whelan's release come after the U.S. State Department has called for his release and criticized the Russian government for its handling of the case.
Despite the pressure from the U.S. government, Whelan has remained in prison and has yet to be released.
Griner and Cherelle's advocacy for Whelan's release has been applauded by human rights organizations and the general public.
Their plea for the White House to take action to bring Whelan home highlights the importance of standing up for what is right, no matter how small the action might seem.
By using their platform to speak out on this issue, Griner and Cherelle have shown that they are willing to stand up for what they believe in, even if it is not popular.