Brittney Griner Freed Thanks To Prisoner Swap, Joe Biden Reacts

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Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury celebrates with fans following Game Two of the 2021 WNBA Finals at Footprint Center on October 13, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Mercury defeated the Sky 91-86 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Brittney Griner is on her way home.

Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison just a few months ago. It was a brutal ruling after the WNBA star was caught with weed cartridges at a Russian airport. Subsequently, she was hit with trafficking and possession charges.

Her time in prison has not been easy. In fact, Griner was sent to a labor camp just last month. Additionally, these labor camps are extremely brutal as prisoners are forced to work upwards of 16 hours per day. It is truly brutal stuff and many were worried for Griner's safety.

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 10: Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury durring pregame warmups at Footprint Center on October 10, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Mattina/Getty Images)

Brittney Griner Is Coming Home

Today, it was revealed that the United States was finally able to have a breakthrough with Russia. They had been negotiating a prisoner swap for a while, and today, it finally happened. Griner will now get to come home, while the United States is giving arms dealer Viktor Bout back to Russia.

Overall, this is a huge win for the WNBA star who was beginning to lose hope in the government's efforts. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were even able to speak with Griner as she got on a plane back home. "Moments ago I spoke to Brittney Griner. She's safe. She is on a plane. She is on her way home," the President wrote on Twitter.

Consequently, many are excited about this news. Griner's story is one that people have followed for quite a while now. Although she has suffered trauma during her prison experience, there is no doubt that she is excited to be on her way home. Overall, this is a great day for the WNBA superstar.

Hopefully, Griner's trip back home goes off without a hitch. Her prison sentence was unjust, and now, she will finally get to be with her family again.

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Alexander Cole is the current Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop. He started at HotNewHipHop back in 2018 where he began as a Sports and Sneakers writer. During this time, he has shown an expertise in Air Jordans, Yeezys, and all things that have to do with Nike. His favorite kicks are the Air Jordan 1 High OG, the Air Jordan 4, the Air Jordan 6, and the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 in the "Beluga 2.0" colorway. Although his collection might not be the biggest, he is always looking to add new styles to it. When it comes to sports, Alex has a particular interest in the NBA and the NFL. His favorite teams are anywhere LeBron goes, and the Kansas City Chiefs. As a Montrealer, the Montreal Canadiens hold a special place in his heart, even if they haven't won the Stanley Cup in his lifetime. Alex also works for the Concordia Stingers, where he provides play-by-play and color commentary for the football, hockey, and basketball teams His favorite hip-hop artists are Kendrick Lamar, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, and Lil Uzi Vert.