The prisoner exchange that made weed-smuggler WNBA player Brittney Griner’s release possible – President Biden returning terrorist Viktor Bout to Russia – has been criticized, as well as the fact that former Marine Paul Whelan’s release was not simultaneously secured.
“You can’t ignore it,” Cherelle Griner says. “But why would I allow something negative to take away from just how powerful and beautiful this moment is? We understand how patriotic President Biden’s move was to get BG home. We understand how important that is for future negotiations because we should all be willing as a country to bring people back one-by-one, making families whole.”