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Cheryl Griner, the wife of Britney Griner, who has been detained in Russia since February, said on Wednesday that she wanted the Biden administration to walk out of the debate.

Cheryl Griner appeared on MSNBC and described her feelings when her wife was detained. The US State Department re-classified the WNBA player’s status as “incorrectly detained”, opening the door to negotiations for her release.

“So, what I believe Biden’s administration can do differently is take the words and rhetoric they actually have and compare them to each other,” said Cheryl Griner.

“For example, an American who has been wrongfully detained, in my understanding, according to the State Department, the United States is negotiating their release. It’s probably not. It’s a will. They are negotiating for their release.”

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Phoenix Mercury Center Britney Griner (42) crossed the Chicago Sky Forward Candace Parker (3) in the first leg of Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on October 10, 2021 in Phoenix.

Phoenix Mercury Center Britney Griner (42) crossed the Chicago Sky Forward Candace Parker (3) in the first leg of Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on October 10, 2021 in Phoenix.
(AP photo / Ralph Freso, file)

She said her pressure was on the Biden administration to do “exactly that” – to negotiate his wife’s release.

She said he had not spoken to President Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris during the exam despite numerous requests.

“The person in power – the Biden administration, President Biden, Vice President Harris – I did not speak to them. I asked. I requested. And, at this point, they seem to be indirect. Telling me no,” she said.

“Despite what everyone is saying – when I talk to people – BG is the highest priority. We know she was wrongly detained. We ‘do everything. But the people with the highest authority, no, they did not talk to me and my family.”

Cheryl Griner has not spoken to Britney Griner since February 17. She told the Associated Press on Monday that she had tried to call her wife 11 times for their anniversary, but there was no one to correct her at the American embassy in Russia.

In the picture from the video, WNBA star Britney Griner's wife Cheryl Griner speaks to the Associated Press on Monday, June 20, 2022.

In the picture from the video, WNBA star Britney Griner’s wife Cheryl Griner speaks to the Associated Press on Monday, June 20, 2022.
(AP photo)

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She said she was willing to talk to his wife from a prison in Russia after four months of no communication. Things changed on Saturday after she received approval from the Russian government to connect with Griner.

But Cheryl Griner learned the truth from her wife’s lawyers on Monday.

The Phoenix Mercury Center actually dialed the number given to her at the US Embassy in Moscow almost a dozen times. The embassy told the couple they were going to patch a call to Cheryl Grinner in Phoenix. The call was not answered due to the lack of staff at the desk at the embassy on Saturday.

“I’m upset. I’m injured. I’m done, I’m tired,” Cheryl Griner told the Associated Press. “I texted BG’s agent and said, ‘I do not want to talk to anyone. It’s just a matter of time before I can put my emotions together and tell everyone I’re not available right now.’ It just knocked me out.

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The State Department regretted the “logical error”. Cheryl Griner said she apologized for an introduction mistake in the US government.

Cheryl Griner told the AP that she was “very p — ed” about the incident, especially since the call was scheduled for two weeks and did not mention the potential snap.

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Britney Griner leaves the courtroom on May 13, 2022 after a trial in Khimki, outside Moscow, Russia.

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Britney Griner leaves the courtroom on May 13, 2022 after a trial in Khimki, outside Moscow, Russia.
(AP Photo / Alexander Jemlianichenko)

“I do not think it’s acceptable and I do not trust our government right now,” Cherell added. “If I can not trust you to catch a Saturday call outside of business hours, how can I trust you to be negotiating on behalf of my wife to come home? Because it’s much bigger than catching a Saturday call.”

The grinder has been in Russia since February. The WNBA star was arrested at Moscow airport for bringing in vapor cartridges containing oils extracted from marijuana. Her detention was extended three times, most recently until July 2.

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Griner faces up to 10 years in prison in Russia if convicted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.