Never one to shy away from springing into action on the fly, former NBA star Dennis Rodman announced his mission to aid in the recovery of American basketball star Brittney Griner, who was sentenced to over nine years in prison in Russia over a small amount of cannabis oil. The U.S. government, however, has a different plan.
“I got permission to go to Russia to help that girl,” Rodman told NBC News. “I’m trying to go this week.”
A “senior Biden official” seemed to suggest he wasn’t amused by Rodman’s intentions. “It’s public information that the administration has made a significant offer to the Russians and anything other than negotiating further through the established channel is likely to complicate and hinder release efforts,” said the official.
When Griner was detained by Russian authorities, she had just 0.7 grams of THC oil on her person, Unilad reports. Since then, Griner’s case has become a divisive political flashpoint inside and out of the United States.
A Russian court on August 4 found Griner guilty of drug charges and sentenced her to nine and a half years in prison, as tensions remain high between Moscow and the United States amid the Ukraine invasion.
Rodman’s plan could interfere with the Biden administration’s plan to trade prisoners.
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken revealed last July that the United States offered to release a Russian arms dealer imprisoned in the United States in exchange for the release of Griner and Paul Whelan, both U.S. citizens currently being held by the Russian government. Bill Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador, told ABC News on August 16 that hopes remain optimistic for an exchange.
Senior Biden officials don’t want anyone to meddle in the exchange. In addition, the U.S. Department of State issued a Level 4 travel advisory on behalf of Americans considering stepping foot in Russia amid war, the New York Post reports.
“Do not travel to Russia due to the unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces, the potential for harassment against U.S. citizens by Russian government security officials, the singling out of U.S. citizens in Russia by Russian government security officials including for detention, the arbitrary enforcement of local law, limited flights into and out of Russia, the Embassy’s limited ability to assist U.S. citizens in Russia, COVID-19-related restrictions, and terrorism. U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Russia should depart Russia immediately,” the advisory reads. “Exercise increased caution due to wrongful detentions.”
Rodman, however, added that he knows President Putin “too well.”
Could Rodman Do It Again?
Rodman’s powers of persuasion have been used before, albeit through unconventional means—often leading into controversy.
Rodman cozied up with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, making multiple visits to the country over the past 10 years. Then in 2018, he took part in the meeting of former President Donald Trump and Kim Jung-Un in Singapore. Rodman claimed that it was because of a letter he wrote to Kim Jong-Un, that North Korea released American missionary Kenneth Bae who had been imprisoned for over two and a half years in the country for “unspecified acts.”
Rodman is also friendly to Russia, specifically President Vladimir Putin, especially after visiting Moscow in 2014. These relationships with leaders like Kim Jong-Un and Putin have made Twitter, well, a bit suspicious.
Rodman’s relationship with pot is fairly complicated, it turns out. “I don’t smoke weed,” Rodman tweeted in 2014. “Or use any illegal drugs. That’s not my deal. I just get high on life.” However, Rodman invested heavily in PotCoin, a cryptocurrency designed for the legal cannabis industry, and has launched several NFTs lately.
Weed may not be Rodman’s thing per se, but it’s very common in the modern NBA. Jay Williams famously told Fox Business that he estimates 75-80% of NBA basketball players smoke weed off-season.
For the time being, Griner remains behind bars until an exchange can be finalized.
you couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried
The only good outcome would be if the Russians locked up Rodman too.
you are a commie loving freedom basher
He should arrive in that wedding dress he once wore. That will certainly impress the Russians.
Never under estimate the power of Dennis Rodman. A very misunderstood man, yet I respect the shit out of him! Would love to have a sit down myself with the “Worm.” Love everything he represents. Good Luck!
This story is bullshit. I’ll cut off my left nut if Rodman goes to Russia.
Another fine example of why the rest of the world keeps laughing at America. We’ve become a circus sideshow. Quite frankly it’s embarrassing.
Why not send RuPaul too while we’re at it.
She’s been in jail for over 6 months and not a peep from BLM. What’s up with that? You’d think they’d be rallying around Brittney, fund-raising, protesting and making their voices heard. Seeing Brittney abandoned by her own people is so very disappointing. ☹️
Last I heard BLM was buying up mansions with the millions of dollars that were donated by good, caring, hard-working folks. This organization has duped everyone into thinking they care yet their only concern is how much money they can pilfer from their coffers. They couldn’t care less about Brittney Griner.
BLM is a grifter syndicate filled with morally bankrupt scumbags
BLM has raised over one billion dollars since they were founded. They haven’t had 1 neighborhood clean-up, sent 1 black child to college, donated to a food bank or helped feed the hungry or provided housing for 1 single poor black family. Think about that for a while.
If every single member of BLM was exterminated the USA would simply be the most wonderful place to live on earth. These vermin have been dragging down the States for years. The cockroaches gotta go.
That’s a bit harsh Phil but I can see where your frustration lies. This is probably the most racist group of people in America who hide behind the race card at every turn. Just yesterday Drew Barrymore was accused of being racist by some black woman lunatic because Drew posted a video of herself frolicking in the rain. This racist black woman accused Ms Barrymore of being a racist because, get this, a few months ago a few black people posted videos of themselves frolicking in the rain. So now I guess white people can’t frolic in the rain because blacks invented that first. I suggest this turd of a woman look up the film Singing In The Rain with Gene Kelly. Fucking racist piece of shit degenerate loser.
I heard about the Drew Barrymore story. This ugly racist woman accusing Drew should be euthanized
BLM is a hate group. No different than the KKK.
The biggest mistake America ever made, bar none, was by bringing those African jungle dwellers into the United States.
September 5th – Black Lives Matter leader Shalomyah Bowers accused of stealing $10 million from the organization. Looks like this piece of shit was using the BLM donation fund as his own personal piggy bank. I’d say white money means 1,000 times more than helping blacks in need to these fuckers. I hope this cunt gets 20 years. What a bullshit organization. Grifters, scumbags, lowlifes, thieves and thugs…each and every one of them.