I am not a lawyer, and I am not a diplomat.
I am not a war strategist. Nor am I an international relations academic.
I do not know the right path forward through Brittney Griner’s arrest and her developing situation in Russia.
What I do know is why Brittney Griner was in Russia in the first place, and it’s much more complex than just playing a basketball game.
Brittney Griner, like the rest of the star athletes in the WNBA, is so drastically underpaid compared to her male counterparts in this country that she must play in other countries in her off season to make the majority of her money. Countries like Russia and Latvia are thousands of miles away from family, friends and primary fan bases.
LeBron James? Steph Curry? Tom Brady?
They would never. The idea wouldn’t even cross their minds.