Although this transfer typically takes weeks or maybe even months, this is terrible news for the Griner family and the rest of the basketball world.
Russian penal colony prisons are no joke and are home to some of the worst criminals in the Russian state. Inside, inhumane and harsh conditions exist, and inmates are forced to work for the majority of the day with few breaks.
The social media world reacted in shock, and many are extremely worried about the health of Brittney Griner as she moves into the new prison.
Thinking endlessly about Brittney Griner. Two weeks of unknown whereabouts en route to a Russian penal colony possible in Siberia. I just can’t. She was just minding her business. 💔
— Lisa Lucas (@likaluca) November 9, 2022
Some are even arguing that the WNBA should refuse to ever play in Russia again.
No WNBA player should ever go to Russia to play basketball ever again after how the country treated Brittney Griner, who's been wrongfully detained for 264 days. Bring BG and all wrongfully detained Americans home. #WeAreBG #BringThemHome
— Aya Abdeen (she/her) Free BG (@ayabdeen) November 9, 2022
The recent news has even gotten the attention of Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
We strongly protest the movement of Brittney Griner to a remote penal colony and the Russian government’s use of wrongful detentions. I am committed to bringing home Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan as soon as possible.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) November 9, 2022
As of right now, nobody knows exactly where Brittney Griner is located.
Stay tuned for more updates.