Last Saturday, a phone call between Brittney Griner and her wife, Cherelle Watson, that had been planned for over two weeks was never made.
On Saturday, Griner was expected to be given access to a phone call. What is the reason for your visit? This year marks their fourth wedding anniversary.
It would have been their first phone conversation since the WNBA star’s detention in Russia.
The phone call, however, was never answered.
NEW: Brittney Griner’s wife tells @AP the WNBA star tried nearly a dozen times to call her on Saturday, their anniversary. But they never connected because no one picked up at the US embassy in Moscow, which was supposed to have patched the call through. https://t.co/mmp0MgpzrD
— Eric Tucker (@etuckerAP) June 20, 2022
Griner made the situation worse by calling the number she was given 11 times. Watson was never notified of the call.
“I was in a state of disarray. I was in pain. Cherelle Griner told The Associated Press in an interview that she was “done, fed up,” recalling how an anniversary she had been looking forward to was instead spent in tears. “I believe I contacted BG’s agent, saying, ‘I don’t want to talk to anyone.'” It’ll take me a few moments to gather my emotions and just inform everyone I’m unavailable right now. Because it knocked me out just now. I wasn’t feeling good, and I’m still not feeling well.”
“I find that intolerable,” she said, “and I have zero faith in our government right now.” How can I trust you to genuinely be negotiating on my wife’s behalf to return home if I can’t trust you to pick up a Saturday call outside of work hours? Because that’s a lot more difficult than catching a Saturday call.”
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Griner has been detained in Russia since February 17th. Watson, on the other hand, hasn’t spoken to her wife during this awful scenario.