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Brittney Griner’s wife talks about denied appeal

Brittney Griner’s wife has said she is not doing well in prison and asked members of the public to write to her after her appeal against the nine-year jail term was rejected last week. 

Her wife Cherelle is devastated by the WNBA star’s imprisonment which she is serving in Russia after pleading guilty to drug possession.

Brittney, 32, was sentenced earlier this fall for carrying two vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage at Sheremetyevo airport. 

She had been playing basketball in Russia to supplement her income in the WNBA off-season as players are paid more there.

Cherelle, who desperately wants to reunite with her wife, made an emotional speech to the attendees of Glamour’s 2022 Women of the Year Ceremony in New York.

The attendees included Women of the Year Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Shannon Watts and the Haim sisters. 

Griner is expected to serve out the entirety of her sentence in a penal colony labor camp in Russia, which are known for harsh conditions.

The 32-year-old has a huge network of supporters including the American government and human rights organizations working to get her home.

Writing by Omotola Oguneye