Reactions to Brittney Griner's release from wife Cherelle, WNBA and former coaches

WNBA star Brittney Griner was released from Russia on Dec. 8, 10 months after she was first detained, in a prisoner swap for an international arms dealer.
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Transcript for Reactions to Brittney Griner's release from wife Cherelle, WNBA and former coaches
- She's safe. She's on a plane. She's on her way home. [MUSIC PLAYING] - Today I'm just standing here, overwhelmed with emotions. But the most important emotion that I have right now is just sincere gratitude for President Biden and his entire administration. Today my family is whole, but as you all are aware, there are so many other families who are not whole. And so BG is not here to say this, but I will gladly speak on her behalf and say that BG and I will remain committed to the work of getting every American home, including Paul, whose family is in our hearts today as we celebrate being home. - Brittney's safe return home is the product of months and months of painstaking negotiations that were the culmination of extraordinary efforts across the US government. In this last week, the president approved moving forward with releasing Viktor Bout in exchange for bringing home Brittney Griner. Over the last 48 hours, Brittney was moved from the penal colony where she was held in Russia to Moscow and then flown to the UAE. Unfortunately, the choice became to either bring Brittney home or no one. It's not going to change our commitment to the Ukrainian people to make sure that they are able to fight against their aggressive, the aggression that they are dealing with, with Russia, to fight for their freedom, to fight for their democracy. That does not change. I would look at this particular issue specifically to what we were trying to do, bringing home an American back home safely. - It is an important moment in history that we are bringing Brittney Griner home. She was wrongfully taken and has been wrongfully held. And this brave young woman, this graduate of Nimitz High School, Baylor, Olympian, WNBA renown champion, held her own as an American and insisted that she was innocent and did everything right, had her appeal denied, but still stayed strong to say, bring me home, please. And that's what we were able to do, the United States, the sovereignty of the United States, was able to bring Brittney Griner home. - Really grateful today. It's a great day. And we look forward to BG having her time and space and recovering from this whole ordeal, awful ordeal. But we're grateful, again, to the administration, the State Department, for getting her home. I can't tell you what this means to I think the whole WNBA community to have her home safely. Basketball aside, by the way, this was just really emotional. I'm not usually emotional person, but I got very choked up and kind of knew for a couple of days that something might be happening. But you never know, again, until it happens in that moment and things fall through with the last minute. So when it happened this morning, I just-- emotional. I feel it's all I can say. - It's been hard. I mean, it's been really a roller coaster ride. You get high with the highs and lows with the lows. But you continue to believe because when Brittney's weak, we have to be strong for her. I hope she felt lifted-- lifted in prayer, lifted in friendship, lifted in her basketball community, to know that stay strong. We're not going to allow them to not hear your name every single day. We're not going to allow anyone to forget about you. Brittney's coming home while leaving some other Americans wrongfully detained in Russia and other countries. And we're going to advocate for them. We're going to pray for the Whelan family and all those other families that have loved ones over there because the same God that brought Brittney home will be the same God to bring their loved ones home. - She's just a good person. And I think she'll definitely have an adjustment after this trauma. But knowing Brittney, and she has such a great attitude. And I know that sooner rather than later, she'll be back making every day count and making a difference in people's lives.

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