After spending nearly 10 months detained in Russia, Brittney Griner has been freed and is returning to the United States.
On Thursday, Dec. 8, President Joe Biden confirmed the news, adding that he has spoken with Griner, who is safe and on her way home.
Griner’s detainment began in February when she was arrested after the Russian Federal Customs Service claimed it found hashish oil in her luggage at an airport near Moscow. The news of her detainment first surfaced in early March and instantly became the biggest off-the-court storyline in the basketball world.
MORE: The complete Brittney Griner detainment timeline
In the time since some of the biggest names in and outside the world of sports have been the driving force behind the movement to end Griner’s wrongful detainment. The WNBA dedicated the 2022 season to Griner by placing her initials on the home floor of all 12 teams among many other tributes while the NBA’s biggest stars, including LeBron James, Chris Paul and Stephen Curry, continuously spoke out about Griner’s detainment, continuing the push for her safe release.
Just as they pushed for Griner’s release, members of the WNBA family, NBA family and beyond celebrated Griner being freed on Thursday.
WNBA, NBA family celebrates Brittney Griner’s release from Russian prison
Moments ago I spoke to Brittney Griner.
She is safe.
She is on a plane.
She is on her way home. pic.twitter.com/FmHgfzrcDT
— President Biden (@POTUS) December 8, 2022
BG 🙏🏽 God is so good
— A’ja Wilson (@_ajawilson22) December 8, 2022
BG is FREE!!! 294 days and she is coming home!!! 😭🤍🙏🏻❤️
— Breanna Stewart (@breannastewart) December 8, 2022
— Chris Paul (@CP3) December 8, 2022
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) December 8, 2022
BG Freeeeeeee Praise the Lord thank you Jesus!!! 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾
— Jonquel Jones (@jus242) December 8, 2022
God’s grace is SUFFICIENT! @brittneygriner is home! I love you BG!
— dawnstaley (@dawnstaley) December 8, 2022
To GOD be the glory❤️🙏🏾 @brittneygriner
— Swin Cash (@SwinCash) December 8, 2022
BG is free!! This day couldn’t have started better, and I’m so glad this happened before the holidays.
— Satou Sabally (@satou_sabally) December 8, 2022
BRITTNEY WE LOVE YOU!!! we have been waiting on your homecoming and it’s finally happening!! ❤️🙌🏼
— Amanda Zahui B. (@AmandaZahuiB) December 8, 2022
— Kahleah Copper (@kahleahcopper) December 8, 2022
— Quentin Richardson (@QRich) December 8, 2022
I want you to understand the gravity of this moment. The love, pressure AND PRESSURE- those who supported – collectively fought to see this moment. SHE IS OURS. SHE BELONGS HOME. There is so much more to this story- others still wrongfully detained but let’s ❤️ right now. #BGFREE
— Cari Champion (@CariChampion) December 8, 2022