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Brittney Griner's wife, Cherelle, spoke publicly about the WNBA star's detainment for the first time this week.
Griner, who has been in Russian custody since February, managed to send her wife flowers from jail.
The 6-foot-9 center asked her lawyers to tell her agent to bring roses ahead of the interviews.
Brittney Griner is being held in a Russian jail cell, but even that couldn't stop her from making a heartfelt gesture to her wife thousands of miles away.
The WNBA superstar has been detained in Russia since February 17, when customs agents at a Moscow airport claimed to have found hashish oil in her luggage. And now that the US government has taken the rare and bold step of designating Griner as "wrongfully detained," her wife, Cherelle, is speaking out about the experience in hopes of spurring action to bring her wife back home.
Cherelle spoke with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts and ESPN's Angela Rye for segments that aired Wednesday. But ahead of the interviews, Griner learned that her wife would be sitting down for some tough conversations and decided to help lift her spirits the best way she could.
"I got a message from BG's lawyers as they left a visit from her early the morning of her interview with Robin, [saying] that BG wanted to send [Cherelle] flowers," Griner's agent, Lindsay Colas, told Insider. "Specifically, roses and an orchid, so Calder [Hynes] and I brought them with us when we arrived to Relle's house for GMA taping."
Throughout Cherelle's conversation with Roberts, a bountiful bouquet of roses could be seen in the background. At one point during their interview, Roberts highlights the fact that Griner had managed to get the flowers to Cherelle all the way from Russia.
"She knew it was gonna be a lot," Cherelle explained.
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Even though a person close to the situation told Insider back in March that the two-time Olympic gold medalist is doing "OK" considering the circumstances, her wife has indicated that there's no way to be sure.
"I don't truly know [how she's doing]," Cherelle told Rye. "I'm in a position of complete vulnerability right now. I have to trust people that I didn't even know until February the 17th, so I'm trusting her lawyers to tell me when they go see her how is her spirit, how is her energy."
"But the truth of the matter is, because I haven't heard her voice myself, I don't 100% know," she added. "But I am being told that she's doing OK."
It's been nearly 100 days since Cherelle actually spoke to her wife. Since then, the pair have communicated "sporadically" via letters, she told Roberts.
But given Russia's hostile stance towards LGBTQ+ individuals and partnerships, it's more than likely their correspondence has been strained.
"I want my person back," Cherelle said to Rye. "I feel every second that BG's not here."
"Most people are counting it by the days," she added, choking up. "But it's not days for me."
Read the original article on Insider