The wife of Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner says that she is terrified for her spouse after the WNBA superstar was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison after being convicted on drug possession charges.
Cherelle Griner spoke to CBS Mornings for an interview set to air Thursday.
Griner was convicted last month after Russian authorities say she was found with vape cartridges in her carry-on luggage at Sheremetyevo Airport outside of Moscow in February.
“It’s like a movie for me,” Cherelle Griner said. “In no world, did I ever (think) that our president and a foreign nation president would be sitting down having to discuss the freedom of my wife. So to me as much as everyone is telling me a different definition of what BG is, it feels to me as if she’s a hostage.”
“It terrifies me because when you watch movies sometimes those situations don’t end well,” she continued. “Sometimes they never get the person back.
“This is my life, so I am sitting there, like, do we get her back, do I ever get to see my wife again? It’s terrifying.”
Griner, an eight-time seven-time WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist, is set to have her appeal heard Oct. 25.
President Joe Biden met with with Cherelle Griner, and the player’s agent last month and the U.S. government has repeatedly said that Griner was “wrongfully detained.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Brittney Griner’s wife Cherelle on WNBA star’s Russian prison sentence