Stephen Curry grabbed the microphone during Golden State’s championship ring presentation on Tuesday evening to make an emotional speech in favor of Brittney Griner, who was spending her 32nd birthday in a Russian prison. Griner is a top player for the WNBA and was arrested in Russia on the day of her birthday.
We would like to take this chance to keep drawing attention to a very unique person that is a part of the basketball community by making use of our platform. Curry announced to the fans on premiere night that it was Brittney Griner’s birthday and that she was 32 years old.
The game was between the reigning champions, LeBron James, and the Los Angeles Lakers. We wish to keep spreading the word about her case, and in the 243 days that have passed since she was arrested in Russia without just cause, we have not stopped praying for her release. We are praying that she will return home soon, and we know that everyone is doing what they can to bring her back.
The Warriors, who have always been dedicated to social causes that extend well beyond basketball, just won their fourth title in the past eight years. Griner is waiting eagerly in Russia for a hearing that is scheduled to take place later this month about her plea of a nine-year prison term for possession of drugs.
At Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, Russian law enforcement is alleged to have discovered vape canisters with cannabis oil in the woman’s luggage on August 4th, which led to her conviction. Her legal representatives claimed that a physician had recommended cannabis for her to treat her chronic pain. However, the WNBA player claimed that she had no intention of committing a crime and that she had simply packed them by accident.