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Brittney Griner: an American giant rescued from the regime of Vladimir Putin


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A perfect stranger to many got off the private plane.

It didn't matter that the major American news networks were

broadcasting live his arrival

at a military base in San Antonio, Texas, on December 9.

Brittney Griner

, a 32-year-old basketball player, had just set foot on homeland soil after being

freed by the Russians in a historic

prisoner exchange.

Behind it hides an exciting personal and professional story of a

condemned young woman

to 9 years in prison

for carrying less than a gram

of cannabis oil for vaping.

Griner is 206 centimeters tall, she is one of the best basketball players in the world and

the medal of

olympic gold

on two occasions

, in Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.

She wears a 51 foot, is a lesbian, has been married twice and

He has overcome many crises in his life.

, including the ten months that she spent in detention by the regime of

Vladimir Putin


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At school they made fun of her, not only because of her height and appearance but also because of her sexual orientation.

"It's hard.

That they mess with you for being different, just for being bigger, my sexuality, everything

", he told in an interview with

Sports Illustrated

in 2013. It was the moment chosen to speak openly about her homosexuality and since then become an activist in the LGBTQ community.

"Don't worry about what others will say, because they will always say something, but,

be true to yourself and let that shine


Don't hide who you really are," she added.

Before he had already confessed to his parents.

He was then in high school.

His father, a Harris County sheriff and former Vietnam veteran

he took it so badly that he pushed her to leave home


He took her in as an assistant coach for several weeks.

She tells it in her memories,

In My Skin: My Life On and Off the Basketball Court

, published in 2014. But Griner moved on, with his life and his career.

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She entered the professional women's basketball league, the WNBA, as a

Phoenix Mercury first choice

in 2013. Shortly after, he met his first wife, the player Glory Johnson.

They met at a basketball campus in Las Vegas and

Griner's attraction to

Tulsa Shock player

it was instantaneous, even though he was straight.

Johnson later confessed in an interview that she fell in love with her personality.


The day Griner proposed to her

in a room full of people

, with mobile phones capturing the moment, began to cry.

"He couldn't stop shaking his head, because

it was too much for me at the time

". She wasn't ready. But she couldn't say no. She couldn't with so many witnesses present.

No wonder the marriage didn't last and ended in drama.

In April 2015, Phoenix police came to her home in response to a domestic abuse call.


They got into a fight and suffered minor injuries.


Still, they were married two weeks later, and in October Johnson gave birth to twins via

in vitro fertilization


In June of the following year they were already divorced.

He met his second wife in his college days at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, but

They didn't start dating until years later.

, after the player's first failed marriage.

The Mercury center proposed to Cherrelle Watson in

August 2018

and they married a year later.

Watson played a key role during the

Griner's arrest process in Russia

, where he was playing basketball taking advantage of the WNBA break.

His exchange for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout was

specially celebrated by the president

Joe Biden

, "a day that we have worked on for a long time," he said.

His wife, present at the White House with the president, thanked him for

the enormous support shown during "one of the darkest moments of my life"

, "overwhelmed with emotion" as she was.

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After the trauma experienced in Russian lands, Griner has returned to her best friend, her lover, her life partner, as she described her the day he proposed to her.


You rescued me from the ashes and held me when I couldn't even stand up


You really are my backbone and my spirit that keeps me going.

I love you darling".

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