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Brittney Griner Release Should Appease Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo, Udonis Haslem

WNBA star released from prison in Russia

On Thursday morning, WNBA star Brittney Griner was released from prison in Russia on drug charges. 

Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo and forward Udonis Haslem will be among those cheering. Both were vocal when Griner was jailed. Griner was freed in exchange for Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout, also known as "The Merchant of Death." 

"I want her to know from my Miami Heat family and the NBA family, that we are still thinking about you and everything that you're going through. You are in our hearts and in our minds," Haslem said recently on the situation..

Adebayo expressed his disappointment, too, after Griner was sentenced to nine years because of marijuana possession.  

Adebayo kept his response short by posting on Twitter, "Smh 9 Years ... Free BG." 

The Griner situation drew attention from several NBA stars, including former Heat player LeBron James. Now with the Los Angeles Lakers, James initially erred in saying the United States government failed in assisting Griner. After realizing the government attempted to help Griner, James clarified his statement.  

"I was simply saying how she's probably feeling emotionally along with so many other emotions, thoughts, etc inside that cage she's been in for over 100+ days!," James wrote on social media. "Long story short #BringHerHome."

Griner is a two-time U.S. Olympic champion and a eight-time all-star with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury


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