WNBA star Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia for months after entering the country with cbd oil. Reacting to that, Joe Rogan called Griner case a “clearest form of political prisoner”.
Griner, who has played for UMMC Ekaterinburg in the Russian Premier League during the WNBA offseason, was detained after customs service officials said they found vape cartridges containing oil in her luggage at the Sheremetyevo airport.
She is currently facing up to 10 years in Russian prison if convicted on trafficking charges.
The case is getting more attention now in the United States with stars like LeBron James, Lisa Rinna, and Amy Schumer.
“It is imperative that the U.S. Government immediately address this human rights issue and do whatever is necessary to return Brittney home,” said James while sharing a petition to “Secure Brittney Griner’s Swift and Safe Return to the U.S.”
Brittney Griner’s team, Phoenix Mercury, has released a statement regarding the detainment.
“We are aware of and are closely monitoring the situation with Brittney Griner in Russia. We remain in constant contact with her family, her representation, the WNBA and NBA. We love and support Brittney and at this time our main concern is her safety, physical and mental health, and her safe return home.”
UFC color commentator Joe Rogan also shared his opinion on the case, calling Griner’s detainment “horrible”.
“F*ck, that’s horrible,” Rogan said during an episode of the Joe Rogan Experience with guest Paul Virzi.
“It’s over nothing. It’s like she’s the clearest form of political prisoner. “
Despite the growing support for Griner, Rogan is in doubt on whether that was enough to free her.
“I’m not a very political person, in that sense,” Rogan said. “I would like them to work this out, but I think it’s just a part of a bigger problem.”