The world woke up Thursday morning to the news that Brittney Griner, WNBA star he had been released from Russian custody approximately 10 months after being arrested for bringing vape cartridges containing hashish oil through a Moscow airport.
Griner was released from a Russian penal colony in exchange for Russian arms dealer Viktor Boutconfirmed a US official to Fox News.
Notably, the prisoner exchange left another US citizen in Russian custody.
RELEASE OF BRITTNEY GRINER FROM RUSSIAN LEAVES WIFE CHERELLE ‘OVERWHELMED WITH EMOTIONS’
Paul Whelan, a retired US Navy veteran, was not involved in the exchange. Whelan was sentenced to 16 years in 2018 on espionage charges.
Whelan’s absence from the deal did not go unnoticed by Dallas Cowboys star linebacker Micah Parsons.
“Wait, nah! We left a Marine?! Hell, nah”, Parsons posted on his Twitter account.
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President Biden announced Griner’s release early Thursday morning and posted a photo with Brittney Griner’s wife, Cherelle Griner, and Vice President Kamala Harris.
“A few moments ago I spoke with Brittney Griner,” the tweet read. “She’s safe. She’s on a plane. She’s on her way home.”
The administration has faced increasing pressure to bring Griner home for the past few months, and this will no doubt be touted by the administration as a political victory. However, getting Griner back in the US is apparently not enough to win Parsons’ vote in 2024.
“We haven’t voted for you yet!” Parsons said in a now-deleted tweet.
When the tweet went viral, Parsons deleted his criticism of Biden and posted an explanation and apology for tweeting “out of emotion.”
“I just spoke to some people I respect and trust. I should have been more informed on the subject and not tweeted out of the excitement of my family and others who have served. I apologize for that,” Parsons said. posted on Twitter.
“Also, if what I was told about the attempts to bring Ret Marine Paul Whelan home is true, then the best outcome was achieved. I pray that Mr. Whelan returns home, but I am extremely happy for Brittney and her family.” I’m not too proud to admit when I’ve made a mistake.”
Parsons is having another amazing season for jeans after being named the 2021 AP Defensive Player of the Year in his first season.
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Parsons has 12 sacks and 13 tackles for loss as the Cowboys are 9-3 on the season, two games behind the Philadelphia Eagles for first place in the NFC East.
Dallas will face the Houston Texans in Week 14.