Golden State Warriors quarterback Stephen Curry offered the White House help in resolving the situation with a basketball player arrested in Russia, but Joe Biden’s administration refused.
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The US authorities forbade Stephen Curry of the National Basketball Association (NBA) club “Golden State Warriors” to speak about the case of American basketball player Brittney Greiner, who was arrested in Russia. Curry told about this in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.
“I offered them help in negotiations for the return of Greiner to his homeland. But they said no and said not to say anything about the case,” Curry said.
Curry is a four-time NBA champion. In 2015 and 2016, he was recognized as the best player of the league.
Greiner was detained at Sheremetyevo Airport in February. Vape cartridges containing hashish oil were found in her personal belongings. The athletes filed charges under item “c” part 2 of Art. 229.1 of the Criminal Code of Russia (contraband of narcotics in a significant amount), she was placed in a pre-trial detention center. On July 7, during another court session, the basketball player pleaded guilty, but noted that she did not intend to commit a crime.
American basketball player Greiner was sentenced to 9 years in prison
Greiner’s defense said the Arizona Department of Health allowed her to use medical cannabis because of chronic pain the athlete suffered from several serious injuries. On August 4, the Khimki court sentenced Greiner to nine years in a general regime prison and a fine of 1 million rubles.
Five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman offered his candidacy for the role of negotiator, but the American authorities said that this would only complicate the situation.
As part of the US team, Greiner twice won the Olympic Games (2016, 2020) and the World Championships (2014, 2018). She has been playing for Yekaterinburg UMMC since 2015.