Britney Griner may not be someone you’d have over to watch the game, even though she’d be available after dodging 9 years in a Russian prison. But with or without intervention, is it an honest reflection of American society that we should celebrate her sentence because we don’t like her political views? Whether she sits, stands, pouts or no-shows for the National Anthem – so what? No one gets injured. No child abused.
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If Griner had been caught with less than an ounce of cannabis oil in the U.S., depending upon which state she was in, she might not have even received a summons. If she had been detained, she would have undoubtedly been allowed to post bail, and in some states they would have simply released her with no bail. But in Russia, Griner was arrested last winter, thrown in a prison outside of Moscow, and she has not drawn a breath of free air since.
If she had been accused of a similar infraction here in the U.S., Griner would probably be shooting baskets at this very moment instead of rotting in a cell. She would likely have a crack staff of overpaid American lawyers exploiting every loophole of our criminal code, and she’d be free to criticize our country to her heart’s content. So, Brittney, maybe it’s time to revisit some of that anti-Americanism of yours. Maybe, just maybe, America isn’t so bad after all.
Ultimately, as mentioned, Griner has become little more than a political pawn in a high-stakes game of chess. The Biden Administration has been highly critical of Vladimir Putin’s Russia and his decision to go to war with Ukraine. The U.S. has subsequently engaged in aiding the Ukrainians and applying stiff, economic sanctions on Russia. The relationship between Russia and the U.S. is at its worst point in over thirty years, which is a bad time to get caught smuggling weed into Moscow.
Schilling’s basic root cause analysis, which probably took all of five seconds to complete, and the colorful articulation of his opinion should not be controversial; F-bombs excluded. When we travel to other states and countries, we’re responsible for obeying their laws. We’re entitled to disagree with those laws, but we don’t have the right to break them. And if we do, we’re held accountable; all of us.
Unfortunately for Brittney Griner, there’s not much Biden or anyone else in the U.S. can do. Russia is a sovereign country with their own criminal justice system, and Griner broke their laws. That’s it. They don’t make exceptions just because your famous, or because of your skin color or sexual preferences. That’s not how it works. Which again brings us our dilemma: Should we feel sorry for Griner and support calls for Biden or others to do something to bring her home?
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But even with those blessings, Griner had been highly critical and disrespectful of her homeland prior to her arrest last winter. She refused to even enter sports arenas until after our National Anthem was played. She trashed our country’s institutions while preaching about imaginary systemic injustices. So, when she was arrested by a truly oppressive government five months ago, many of us were unable to feel any concern and instead marveled at the irony.
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The latest storyline being pushed comes from Griner’s coach, Vanessa Nygaard, and the only surprising aspect of the coach’s narrative is that it took this long for Team Griner to play the ‘Victim Hierarchy Card.’ For those who are unaware, Ms. Griner is black, lesbian, and a woman (presumably). Those characteristics provide Griner with the coveted leftwing scales-of-victimhood trifecta.
Putin knows Biden is weak, as evidenced by Biden’s pathetic withdrawal from Afghanistan last summer, a debacle that undoubtedly emboldened Putin to invade Ukraine in the first place. Biden has led from behind but has been fully supportive of sanctions and other efforts to oppose Putin. And Mr. Biden blames Putin for just about everything bad in the world, from unfavorable election results to skyrocketing gas prices.
But neither Brittney Griner, her attorneys, nor Elizabeth Rood get a vote in determining what constitutes a crime in Russia. They also have no say in the structuring of Russia’s penal code: which, by the way, could put Griner behind bars for ten years. Those tasks fall on the Russian people. And the fact that Griner apparently couldn’t be bothered to respect Russia’s drug laws, despite how much she may have disagreed with them, indicates just how naïve she is.
Cherelle and Brittney Griner are learning a valuable lesson, but we can only wait and see if that lesson will register with them. America is unquestionably the greatest country on God’s green earth and the greatest nation that has ever existed. We should all cherish our good fortune for being American citizens. But America’s government, like all governments, is wholly inefficient. It’s the nature of the beast, and something we should all be aware of.
We can only imagine if Griner will sing a different song about America when – or if – she ever gets back here. She’s become an obvious political pawn, with Russia’s war in Ukraine continuing to rage and the Biden Administration’s tepid but consistent denunciation of Russian aggression. Would Griner have had such a problem here in the states for committing a crime, or would she have received due process?
The Biden Administration has denounced Griner’s detainment. Many on the left have come to her defense and demanded her release. But those demands have fallen on deaf ears because Griner isn’t in America, the country she loves to disrespect. She’s in Russia, which isn’t as understanding and open-minded to substances such as cannabis. Russia never got the memo that they should go soft on substance abuse and recreational marijuana.