A famous civil rights lawyer wants more sports stars — especially NBA players — to speak up to save one of their own.
Ben Crump called on more athletes to use their platforms to pressure the US government to find a way to bring Brittney Griner back to the United States.
“I think NBA players should say more,” Crump told TMZ Sports this week. “I think the sports world should say more.”
Griner has been detained in Russia since February on drug charges that coincided with the start of the country’s invasion of Ukraine. She pleaded guilty to the charges in a Moscow region court last week and could face up to 10 years in prison under Russian law.
The WNBA star recently sent a handwritten letter to President Biden asking for his help securing his release. After months of trying to keep the matter relatively quiet, because with more attention could come more weight for Russia, Griner’s team took a different approach and are now trying to push to ensure that she returns home.
Crump – an attorney who has represented the families of George Floyd, Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery – shares the vision and wants players to speak out more.
“It could be LeBron [James]it could be Tom Brady there if they get caught in Russia at the wrong time with false charges,” said Crump, who was on his way to see Biden at the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony and said that would lobby the President on Griner’s case.
Many athletes have spoken, including James, who tweeted last month: “We need to come together and help do everything we can to get BG home quickly and safely!! 🙏🏾 Our voice as athletes is stronger together.