Brittney Griner’s Russian detainment is getting the TV treatment
WNBA star Brittney Griner is working with ESPN and Disney to share the story of her detainment in Russia.
This will include several projects: a documentary for ESPN Films, an exclusive first interview on ABC with Robin Roberts and, potentially, a scripted series with ABC Signature.
The last two years have been the most harrowing, transformative and illuminating period of my life, and I am grateful to be in a place now to share my story with the world, Griner, 33, said in a statement announcing the projects.
Her wife, Cherelle Griner, will also serve as an executive producer. In her own statement, Cherelle said, Throughout BGs detainment and in the time since, ESPN, ABC and Disney were supportive and caring in regards to the human side of this saga..Love and family were at the center of the fight to get BG home, and with that in mind, there is no better, more trusted partner to tell that story with us.
7Brittney Griner’s story is getting a documentary, interview and scripted series. Getty Images7Brittney Griner holding a photo of her WNBA team during her detainment in Russia. POOL/AFP via Getty Images7Brittney Griner with her wife, Cherelle Griner, who will also produce the TV projects. Griner was arrested in February 2022 at a Moscow airport while traveling to Russia to play for a professional team there during the WNBA offseason.
A cannabis vape cartridge was allegedly found in her luggage. The WNBA All-Star pleaded guilty to drug possession charges in July 2022 and was sentenced to nine years in a forced labor camp in Mordovia. At one point, former basketball star Dennis Rodman threw his hat in the ring to go to Russia on an unsanctioned diplomatic mission but he backed down.
7Brittney Griner was detained for 10 months until a prisoner swap freed her. AFP via Getty Images7American fans were outraged and carried signs stating, “Bring BG home.” APShe was releasedafter being held for nearly 10 months on Dec. 8, 2022, as part of a prisoner swap with Russia, in exchange for handing over international arms dealer Viktor Bout, known as the Merchant of Death.
After Griners release, her wife shared an emotional message thanking the many supporters who advocated for the Olympic gold medalists release in an Instagram post.
Yesterday my heart was made whole thanks to the collective efforts of MANY! Im humbled by their hearts, Cherelle wrote.
7Brittney Griner witth her wife, Cherelle Griner. 7Brittney Griner (right) rebounds the ball over Karoline Striplin. Getty ImagesTo care for another, a stranger to some, a friend to some is humanity in its purest form, Cherelle said. As BG and I start our journey to heal our minds, bodies, and spirits I wanted to personally say thank you to some of the hands; seen and unseen, that helped make it possible for me to see my wife again!
Im proud to partner with ESPN and Disney to share this very personal story, Brittneys statement announcing the upcoming projects continued.
Because of its incredible potential to inspire hope around the world and their proven ability to do just that.
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