Say what you will about LeBron’s comments on Britney Greener, it’s America’s fault she’s even there.
New billionaire LeBron James finds herself in the same trap as President Joe Biden: Both want Griner back from a Russian prison, where she faces a 10-year prison sentence, but Vladimir Putin appears to be out to force America. To an expensive exchange.
Russian dictator Putin may be willing to hand Griner over to arms dealer Viktor Bout, known as the “Merchant of Death.”
US officials are not saying what they will do. Griner has her next court date on Thursday
But that’s not an even trade.
In February, Griner pleaded guilty to drug charges related to two vape cartridges he said he found in her bag at an airport near Moscow.
Bout in 2011 He was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2011 after US authorities accused him of trying to sell 800 air-to-air missiles, 30,000 AK-47s and 10 million rounds of ammunition to Colombian rebels.
The allegations against Butte are very serious. It is associated with unimaginable violence.
As national security expert Douglas Farah recently wrote for Politico, Bout is “responsible for enabling murderous groups to recruit and train thousands of child soldiers; the use of rape as a systematic method of terror and control; torture by mass amputation of hands, feet, ears and lips; Massacring civilians and helping the Taliban seize power in Afghanistan… There are no words to describe the human toll of Bhutto’s actions on thousands of people, from children with amputated hands in refugee camps to burned rural villages where children are being deported and burned to death by their families.
Biden may improve the deal somewhat by interviewing Paul Whelan, who has been imprisoned in Russia for four years on espionage charges.
James is out of bounds in the eyes of the conservative judges, saying in a clip that went viral this week on “The Shop: Unbroken,” that if Greener had been, he might not want to return to the U.S. after the tournament. Suffering.
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Explanation: LeBron James responded to Brittney Griner’s comments.
Has America Got Greener’s Back? It’s a valid question.
“How does it feel that America has its back?” James said.
They fired back at that on Twitter, saying, “My comment (will not) knock our beautiful country. I was just saying how she feels emotionally… #bringhome.
But we must realize that we are all guilty of this.
Brittany Griner makes $230,000 a year playing for the Phoenix Mercury, and is one of the league’s biggest and most popular stars. James more than doubles his per-game earnings (about $520,000) — not to mention the endorsements and entrepreneurial ventures that make Forbes the first active NBA player to become a billionaire.
Why was she in Russia in the first place?
So how does Britney Griner play in Russia? Reportedly about $1 million. So is there an answer to anyone asking why Brittney Griner was in Russia in the first place?
The argument will of course be whether the NBA makes more money than the WNBA.
But that’s the result of American sexism, and the NBA needs to invest more if it’s looking to help offset the disparity between men and women by subsidizing the WNBA. The current payment gaps are unimaginable.
If Greener earned more, would she be forced to moonlight halfway around the world?
In Griner’s case, there is an argument that there are many flaws in our country, expressed by Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard.
“If it was LeBron, he’d be home, right?” She said. “It is a statement about the value of women. It is a statement about the value of the black man. It is a statement about gay values. All these things. We know it, and that’s what hurts the most.
I put it plainly. Given how the American media has prioritized white damsels in distress, can you imagine how Griner’s case would have played out if she had been a Hollywood blonde who was stolen from her spouse by a cruel and opportunistic European regime on the slightest charge?
It’s our fault Griner is a prisoner of Russia.
As for that proposed trade, Bout for Griner, there are some interesting points of view in favor of it.
Farah, who has enjoyed Booth’s international credibility since his conviction a decade ago, “advises Biden to change, saying he deserves no mercy and that only the victims can forgive … Now there’s an opportunity for him to act with compassion for innocent lives.”
Michael McFaul, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia, told NPR that the speech “causes Bhutto to be a real criminal and a problem for the United States system, and the Justice Department is guilty of it.” He has good reason. Brittany Greener is not a true criminal, and would have a hard time making such exchanges. It means we’ve done it before.
Just earlier this year, the Biden administration traded Konstantin Yaroshenko, another Russian prisoner — a felon — for Trevor Reed. In the year In 2010, when I was in the government – I was working in the White House at the time – we switched spies, we took 12 spies here in the United States and four Russians that we wanted to find. From a Russian prison. So there is a precondition for these things to happen.
Greener, meanwhile, worries about her teammates.
“I understand you are dealing with this,” Greiner wrote in a letter to the president. But please don’t forget about me and the other American prisoners.
We don’t know exactly how many Americans are imprisoned in Russia, but we do know about Griner and Whelan.
Regardless, we don’t know what Biden is willing to trade to bring back either or both.
But in Griner’s case, we know it’s our fault she’s there.
It makes James’s comment sober: Does America have a back?