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Fresh update on "brittney griner" discussed on It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders
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That is where planet money summer school comes in. All summer, we are tackling the big questions. Inflation, unemployment recessions, every Wednesday to Labor Day on the planet money podcast from NPR. You're listening to it's been a minute from NPR. I'm Tracy hunt. And I'm here with two people you might already know from their stint guest hosting this show. Code switch co host, BA Parker. Hello. And from all things considered, one of summers. Hey there. We're here to play a game call. Who said that? You've both been in my chair before, so you already know the rules, but I'll give you a refresher anyway. I'll share a quote. You might have heard in the news this week, and you have to guess who said that or what it's about. There are no buzzers, just yell out the answer. There is zero prizes. And as former guest hosts of it's been a minute, I expect both of you to bring your a games. All right. What was that, Parker? I don't know. I'm not a competitive person. But you are today for the next ten to 15 minutes. All right. It's a fight to the death. It's a fight to the death. So here's the first quote. Maybe the best word to describe what I'm up to is evolution. I'm here to tell you that I'm evolving away from tennis. Serena. Toward the other things that are important to me. So you both said it at the same time. The one I saw you raise your arms and triumph before he said anything. I know the listeners can't see us on Zoom, but I was gonna start pana minding the serve, although my serve would be really ugly because I have like two left feet and I'm not athletic at all. So it's a tie. Okay. So that Serena Williams from an interview in Vogue this week. She is transitioning away from being an athlete to focus on her family and her venture capital firm. How do you guys feel about Serena retiring? I feel like it's definitely like an end of an era. I mean, that don't want her to go, but I also don't have to do this no more. No, yeah, what else does she have left to prove it this week? She's already goat. She's got. She is the goat. Right. I mean, I read the Vogue piece and at first I felt really sad because I love watching her compete and she means so much. But then I was thinking about it. And I'm really happy for her because she's leaving on her terms. She's going to do what she wants to do, and she also used this platform to make what I think was a really powerful statement about motherhood and black motherhood. And the really hard and frankly unfair choices that women athletes and childbearing athletes have to make that their male and non childbearing counterparts don't have to make. So she did it all. She's done the things. Look, I'm happy she's going to do what she wants to do. But she had to do this issue or a man. I don't know. What do you mean retire? Yeah. 'cause I guess, you know, what's his name, Nadal? I don't know men. Raphael. Thank you. They're men who were like in her generation tennis players who were still competing because they don't have to take care of their own children or something. I don't know. Well, I mean, that's the thing we have to remember, right? Is Serena Williams almost died giving birth to Olympia. She had a very traumatic medical experience. And one of the things that she talked about is how she went from playing while breastfeeding. I believe she won the Australian open when she was two months pregnant. She's gone through all these trials. All these things that a man would never have to consider and she says very clearly like, I don't want to be pregnant while being a competitive athlete at the top of my game again. That's not something I'm interested in doing, and that's my point is, that's a choice that the Raphael Nadal's of the world will never have to make. Man, being a woman is a ghetto sometimes. I'm sorry. It's me. I love being a woman, and then I'm like, man, this sucks. Okay. Okay, so next quote, quote number two. A year ago, I was willing to walk away from music because I was tired of the negative energy that attracted. But what I've learned is that even when I'm minding my business, y'all gonna be negative and nosy. So if I can't have peace, neither can you. I'm coming back, cry about it. Oh no, oh no. If it ain't Rihanna then who is it? No, so negative. I'm gonna give you a hint. You can walk a mile in her louboutins. Oh, Iggy Azalea? Yep, yep. Oh, she could have stayed home. Oh, I was like, girl who asked. I don't think that one is looking for you. What now? What now? What now? Yes, yes. To quote Azealia Banks, so what now? What now? Okay, so last one, last one. Blank is closing its Italian restaurants. Goodbye forever to Hawaiians with pineapple. Domino's. I am a trash human and I stand by my food choices. Way Domino's is closer? No, Domino's is closing its restaurants in Italy. Oh, well, why were they in Italy? Great question. Italians most shade to Domino's 'cause I am also a trans human. But Italians are the real ones. Why would you put that there? Parker, maybe this answers your question as to why they were there in the first place. That's from the headline in Italian business news outlet, afari italiani. Doesn't that just sound like a restaurant that you would go to in New York? Italy. We are such tacky Americans. Keep talking. Samuel's pizza just closed. It's last 13 stores. They're 18 in Italy. When they first launched their in 2015, they plan to open 880 stores. And they promised quote unquote purely Italian ingredients and their U.S. style delivery service. But Domino's Italia was ultimately done in by the pandemic only the pandemic and a bustling delivery market for mom and pop pizza restaurants. Chow Domino's, we hardly knew ya. Look, even your fancy as Italian traveler needs the joy of dipping mirror overcooked Domino's Pizza and some ranch. Dipping that cross, a little garlic butter sauce. I think that needs to be a global experience. One of you doing it. I'm from Missouri. I do a lot of questionable things with my food. That's why. You know what, I'm gonna stick up for you because thank
Ric Grenell Discusses Brittney Griner and Prison Transfers
"Rick walk us through how prisoner transfers usually usually work. Brittany griner goes to Russia with drugs, shouldn't have done that. She's a fellow American despite the fact she hates America. She kneels during the national anthem. Under a normal administration, I believe Britney would already be home. We saw that with the ball brother with Lamar, I get them all confused. When Trump got these prisoners home, but now it seems as if we're doing this elaborate prisoner swap with the merchant of death, how do prisoner swaps usually work and why is this so outrageous what we're entertaining right now? Well, I think the first thing to say is that the State Department has a whole bureau that deals with this detained Americans. And you know, it's a very, very slow process. If you commit a crime in another country, we usually let the other country kind of go through the machinations of its illegal process. We demand access, there's consular affairs individuals, Americans working overseas in the embassies who will go see the Americans detained. It's a very slow process and we try not to jump forward on legal processes. But there are times when detaining detained American is so outrageous that the political types and usually the NSC or The White House jump in and say this is unacceptable. We're not waiting. We're going to get you home
Fresh update on "brittney griner" discussed on It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders
"You walk us through how Russia has wielded America's racial divisions throughout history? Absolutely. If we go back to the 1920s, you start having African Americans who are going to the Soviet Union. They're interested in the Soviet experiment, but also because the Soviet Union frames itself internationally as an antiracist and anti colonial state. And in the 30s, a lot of them go to the Soviet Union for work. I mean, the Soviet Union at this point is having mass industrialization. They don't have enough workers who have the skills. So they recruit workers in America and they recruit African Americans in particular. Because they know what it's like to be back in the United States. Yeah, yeah, yeah. And a lot of people don't know. The cotton grown in Central Asia that dates back to African American specialists from the tuskegee institute going to Central Asia to help them learn how to grow cotton and irrigate cotton. Wow. And a lot of the African Americans who went to the Soviet Union, they saw it as what was possible, particularly in the American south. And unfortunately, when they come back to the United States, many of them have to deny the good experiences they have because if you're not links in use, if you're not Dubois, if you talk good about the Soviet Union, you're going to lose your job. They come back to the red scare. They fundamentally had much better experiences in the Soviet Union than they did in the United States. On the flip side, and what I'm working on now is how the image of suffering, particularly African American suffering, became the controlling image of blackness. And so when you start having African students come in the mid 50s onward, what's fascinating is when African students we complain about racism. And they would write letters as an African student who was killed in 1964, nor protests by African students in the Soviet Union about this particularly in Moscow, when they had meetings with administrators of the universities, they were like, well, what do you know about racism? This isn't America. This isn't the south. You have no idea what racism is like. So in many ways, Russia has always used anti black racism and black suffering for its own gain. It's used it to launder its reputation. And so what Britney represents is new in terms of treatment of African Americans in Russia. Because she no longer has the privilege that many African Americans had. African Americans were treated better than Africans in the Soviet Union. Africans were seen as a little brothers who needed socialist education. They needed the leadership of the Soviet Union to obtain modernity. And she embodies all of this. And now we see all of these discussions happening in American public discourse and it showing like it did in the 60s when Russia was beaming pictures of what was happening in Mississippi and Louisiana. They were beaming those in the Soviet Union. They were beaming those across Africa to be like, this is what America does. It's the same thing. But I think that's kind of what's missing. Is that Britney is part of something much larger and much older than a lot of people recognize. My understanding is that Britney might serve her sentence in a Russian penal quality. These places are reported to be rife with sexual assault and abuse. I even heard that they make cut off Britney shreds. And just imagining her going through that is just such a gut punch. You know, as someone who's an expert on black folks in Russia, how does that hit you or thinking about that? The Russian prison system is interesting. So like the penal colonies are direct descendant of the gulag, like the gulag is a descendant from the way the imperial prison system worked. So the penal colonies were like a camp, like yeah, barracks. And a lot of it's like doing labor manual labor or sewing prisoner uniforms or making furniture, that's a thing that started. So cutting off her dreads is going to be possibility to prevent lice. You're not in good conditions at all. Unfortunately, sexual assault and just violence is rampant across the Russian prison system. The benefit I think for Britney is that she is an American because she's so high profile and Russia needs that leverage. She will be much safer than, say, an African who's in Russia and gets convicted of the same thing. She will be in better condition. But it also is, she's going to be isolated. You know, I keep thinking about just Britney's body as well. She is 6. She has these dreads. He's black. She really just sticks out in Russia. And I've also read that part of the reason she's being held is because for Putin, she's an example of what he sees as western immorality. What do you think of that? Putin has for the past 15 years has shown America as an example of decadence and immorality. And he's used that to oppress the LGBTQ community in Russia, but also Russia has engaged in structural racism. And it's not necessarily against Africans, but in Russia, central Asians, people from the actual caucuses like Georgia and Chechnya, real caucasians that are targeted by the police. They are often targeted by skinhead groups and white supremacist groups and nothing happens. They aren't investigated. But being a hyper visible minority. And I mean, I've been that Ukraine, Bulgaria, Serbia, Britney's body, is going to be read and understood in many different ways. Her hair, I mean, admittedly, when I went to Ukraine, I did not have natural hair of a natural hair now. I had a nice, long, straight weave put in because I was like, well, maybe people don't stare at me as much. For many people, she'll be the first black person I've ever seen in real life. I think the important part to remember too is like she's where she's going. Version prisoners are not supporters of the Kremlin. I can imagine, yeah. And a lot of women are serving time. For protecting themselves against men who have tried to kill them or beaten them because Russia decriminalized domestic violence, they are, oh yeah, Russia's going to be criminalized, you know, domestic violence is actually an American who's in prison right now where she's being held right now because her boyfriend her Russian boyfriend got intoxicated and he attacked her and she took a knife to defend herself and there are also LGBTQ women who were in prison for violating the law. This is a promoted immoral lifestyles. So at this point, how can Americans best advocate for grindr's release? Though I kind of think maybe we shouldn't because that just causes more problems. It's The Rock in the hard place. I think the biggest thing is to merge Britney and Paul Whelan's cases. In how we talk about them because it's really easy for detractors to say, you only care about Britain and Garner because she's black and she's gay. Paul Whelan is serving 16 years and he's straight and he's white. And he's
"brittney griner" Discussed on Today, Explained
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"brittney griner" Discussed on Today, Explained
"Do we have any idea the amount of people he armed? Do we have any idea how many people his arms may have killed? I don't think anyone's ever done that calculation, but if you look at the wars, you have Liberia, you have Charles Taylor, which are tens of thousands of victims of that war. And neighboring Sierra Leone, where they're fighting over weapons and the group supported by Charles Taylor, another tens of thousands. He was in the Angola conflict, arming both sides of that conflict. He was in the Democratic Republic of Congo, arming both sides of that conflict. He then was supplying weapons to the northern alliance in Afghanistan and then to the Taliban. So I think easily tens of thousands of people were directly impacted by the weapons that were being supplied by Victor boot. Okay. And we're talking about Africa and the Middle East primarily. But I think a fact that is sometimes overlooked is that he was also at various points something of an ally to the United States. Well, this is one of the reasons why I think the trade should be considered apart from whether it's just or not. The most recent case where American officials and American private security firms were colluding with Victor boot was during the Iraq War. In fact, during the Iraq conflict, when hardly anyone would fly supplies to U.S. troops on the ground, Victor boot flew hundreds of missions for U.S. and British and other forces into a war zone that was very important to us. And as my co author, Steve Ron documented in the book, American officers who are making those decisions understood who Victor boot was. In fact, they publicly acknowledged it at one point. But their tradeoff and their conversations with us was, do we let our people on the ground die from lack of ammunition and food because this guy's a criminal or do we deal with the criminal and get the people on the ground what they need? So how does he end up in prison in the United States? Initially, there is a arrest warrant put out for him by Interpol, the international police, a red notice for his arrest. He goes back to Moscow. On what grounds on what crime? Weapons trafficking and violations of numerous laws in Belgium primarily where he had had a hub of operations. And so he goes back to Moscow 2001, 2002. And then over time, the U.S. intelligence services and the British and others who are monitoring him began to pick up clear indications that the farc rebels in Colombia who at this time were a major also drug trafficking organization. We're trying to make contact with Victor boot. And so they set up a sting operation where they sent in the people who pretended to be far could have done this successfully in the past operations to present themselves to intermediaries, Victor boots as farc convinced Victor booth that they were in fact farc and got Victor boot against long odds to actually travel to a country, Thailand, they'd had an extradition treaty with the United States, which seems it seemed preposterous when it happened because he was always very cognizant of whether there were extradition treaties or not. For some reason, he decided to go to Thailand and then he said in the meetings with the undercover agents that he wanted to give them weapons. He hated Americans. He knew the weapons would be used to kill Americans. Wow, he said all that? Eduardo and commandant, they talk about how they want sniper sites for the rifles that they have so that they could quote start blowing the heads off American pilots. Boots response immediately is, yes, they let them run for a while because he was on such a role. And that's what ultimately he's convicted in the U.S. of trying to sell arms to a designated terrorist organization. The farc knowing that the weapons could be used to kill Americans. That's what he's ultimately brought down for. To his lawyers present in his defense the fact that the United States did business with him? That was raised in the trial, but not as a significant point because the trial focused in very narrowly on the events that led to the rest in Thailand. Victor boot wrote to the judge basically saying, look, I've also worked for the U.S. companies. I've flown a 140 flights. They've paid me $6 million. And so why would you be convicting me? The way the case was structured, they didn't charge him with a lot of other stuff. So it was only defending that particular charge related to that particular incident. And so he
"brittney griner" Discussed on Today, Explained
"What makes him the merchant of death, it's such a incredible, powerful and horrifying title, was he wildly successful in comparison to other arms dealers around the world? Oh, without question. He could move this stuff and drop it with pinpoint accuracy to any desert to any jungle to any other remote place in the world right into the hands of what I refer to as the potpourri of global scum. Many people could sell you lots of AK-47s across Africa. I was living there in the times of the war and covering the wars. It wasn't hard to acquire crappy old Soviet weapons. It wasn't hard to acquire a few hand grenades. But what Victor boot brought to the table was the ability to deliver attack helicopters. Deliver anti tank weapons that could be fired through entire villages and burn a village down with one shot. The fact that you could bring in high caliber machine guns. Rocket propelled grenades, no one else could do that. After the wall came down, $32 billion worth of arms were stolen and resold from Ukraine alone. One of the greatest heists of the 20th century. The primary market was Africa. 11 major complex involving 32 countries in less than a decade, a gun runner's wet dream. And so as he built his reputation, both sides of the same conflict would hire him on numerous occasions. So in what was then Zaire, you had mu Bhutto, the dictator who had been there a long time being chased out of office by Laurent Kabila's forces sweeping across the DRC and Victor was selling weapons to both sides and while Kabila's forces were trying to kill mobuto literally as he was fleeing the country. He flew out of the country on Victor boots aircraft. So he had armed the people who were trying to shoot down his own airplane. And the president and that's what made him so incredibly successful was that he could do all of that. And one of the questions I asked in my co author asked a lot of people, why did both sides tolerate this? Why didn't someone kill him? And there was like, well, you don't kill the mailman. Bleak. He's the one person who could deliver. You just don't kill the mailman. Like, are you stupid? And I was like, well, maybe I may be I am, but that was consistently the answer he did what he said he would do at the price he said he would do it at. And that made him unusually successful. Who was his supplier this whole time? Is it just Russia? It was the entire former Soviet bloc where all of these arsenals had been abandoned. Ukraine wasn't the only former state with an unpaid army in stockpiles of guns. There was Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Belarus. All there for the taking. So if someone showed up and paid the commander a $1000 and said, I'll take this load of weapons out. Thank you very much. Fine. And most of the Soviet era, major arsenals had air strips built into their facilities. So he could land there, load up and fly out, and it was apparently a relatively easy process. It sounds like he did a lot of dirty deeds. Especially on the continents of Africa, does his involvement in them play a central role in accelerating the conflict or accelerating the end of the conflict. How important a player is he in these conflicts? Is ability to supply weapons to some of the worst warlords on the planet was, I think, transformational for those wars. Elevating bloody conflicts from machetes and single shot rifles to. AK-47s, not by the thousands, but by the tens of thousands. When these wars started, most people had hunting rifles and machetes, and they were nasty and they were hellacious, but when you add AK-47s and light anti tank weapons and RPGs, obviously the human toll escalates dramatically. He transformed these young adolescent warriors into
"brittney griner" Discussed on TIME's Top Stories
"WNBA's Brittany griner convicted at drug trial in Russia and sentenced to 9 years. By Jim heintz of The Associated Press in Kim ki Russia. U.S. basketball star Brittany griner was convicted Thursday in Russia of drug possession and sentenced to 9 years in prison, following a politically charged trial that came amid soaring tensions between Moscow and Washington over Ukraine and could lead to a high stakes prisoner exchange between the two world powers. The 31 year old griner, a two time U.S. Olympic champion and an 8 time all star with the WNBA's Phoenix mercury listened with a blank expression as an interpreter translated the verdict by judge Anna sotnikova. The judge also find her 1 million rubles about $16,700. U.S. president and Joe Biden denounced the verdict and sentence as unacceptable. I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, Friends, and teammates Biden said, adding that he would continue to work to bring home griner and Paul Whelan an American imprisoned in Russia on an espionage conviction. Outside the court, the U.S. embassy's charged affair, Elizabeth rood, called the verdict a miscarriage of justice. Before the unusually swift verdict was reached, an emotional grinder apologized to her family, teammates, and the Russian city of yekaterinburg, where she plays in the WNBA off season for my mistake that I made and the embarrassment that I brought on them with her voice cracking she added, I hope, in your ruling it does not end my life. A conviction is usually a prerequisite to arranging a prisoner exchange and also allows griner to apply for a presidential pardon. Deputy foreign minister Sergei raiba kov said last month that the necessary judicial procedures must be completed before any other steps can be taken. The disclosure in July that the U.S. government was seeking a prisoner swap involving griner, reflected the growing pressure on the Biden administration to do more to bring her home. The U.S. State Department had earlier declared griner to be wrongfully detained a charge that Russia has sharply rejected. Griner recognized as one of the greatest players in WNBA history, has been detained since February 17th after police said they found vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage upon landing at Moscow's sheremetyevo airport. She was returning to Russia where she has competed since 2014. When she took the stand at her trial, July 7th, griner said, I would like to plead guilty on the charges against me, but I had no intention of breaking any Russian law.
Is Brittney Griner a 'Freedom Fighter'? It's Hard to Care...
"Well, somebody who's very uncool, but the left is trying to make cool Britney griner. They keep calling they keep calling our W, what's it the WNBA, the women or the WBA, maybe is what it is. I think the basketball player now. Right, right. That's WNBA. They keep calling our WNBA star. Oh, even though no one's really heard of her. But nevertheless, here on Time Magazine on the cover, Britney griner and the fight for freedom. Now what's the fight for freedom? She's been arrested in Russia for illegal drugs. And you know, I know when it comes to my own case, people love to go, will you pleaded guilty, didn't you? So, you know, what are you complaining about? You obviously deserve whatever penalty they gave you. Even if they locked you up for ten years because you pleaded guilty, well, Britney griner got 9 years or 9 and a half years. Well, you know what? She pleaded guilty. Uh oh. So. What's there to feel bad about? Yeah. Well, she probably gets treated better in prison than the January 6th defendants do. Well, you're making a profound point here, which is this. You know, this had happened 20 years ago, my reaction would have gone something like this. I would have said, you know, Britney griner needs to learn how great it is to live in America. When you're on some other country like Russia, you're not gonna get due process, you know, so, you know, here's a woman who's been taking a knee and sort of I don't know all these critiques of the founders and of America. Well, you know what? America's not so bad after all. That would have been my reaction, but this was actually not my reaction. With this case, my reaction was, frankly, they're trying to get me to be outraged and trying to get me to care. I don't care, you know? My reaction to this is basically snore. You know, why? Because this is happening and far worse in our own country.
Mall of America Locked Down After Shooting
"Breaking news developing right now in the mall of America is on lockdown due to a shooting. Now, I know some people would like to imagine that this is another active shooter situation with rifles so they can ban guns, but it seems like it's an isolated situation to be confirmed as an isolated situation according to the mall. There's a short video that they posted on Twitter that shows a man walking into the Nike store while shouting and a sound of three apparent gunshots can be heard. Danny, I don't know how this is probably not the person here. Danny raining 22 Minneapolis student was at the mall with friends when announcer came out. Okay, so I don't think that that was him. This probably was a witness. This person said that about 75 people were at the small room, they did not hear any gunshots fired, but saw people running away, the mall marked the 30th anniversary of his opening on August the 11th. And was placed on lockdown New Year's Eve last year when two people were shot during a fight. One man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and another was grazed. So right now it's developing, but it appears to be a isolated situation.
Breaking Down the Reason for the Britney Griner Conviction
"Brittany griner, her excuse was that she has medical marijuana and she decided or she accidentally left the marijuana in a bag because she was packing in an expedited fashion. She was rushing. And any man in America knows. Let me just explain it like this. Don't get mad at me. Women, they have a whole bunch of stuff to pack and they get crazy when they pack in all kinds of stuff. I can see how a woman can forget a vape pen or whatever in a luggage. However, Brittany griner is a man, or at least in her relationship she looked like the man in the other girl looked like a girl. So her masculinity makes me believe that she aligns more with men and you know men we ain't packing Harley anything. It's no way we gonna accidentally put a pen in there because we only got 5 shirts in three underwear. And we gone for a whole month. Women got makeup in there. And if they time them up correctly, they gotta put them things in there. And so you got a whole bunch of stuff that women are packing. But Brittany griner, she dressed like a dude. She acted like a dude. She's probably not packing that much stuff.
Britney Griner Sentenced to 9 Years in Russian Prison
"That's a lot of time to be in prison. And even just rounded up to ten years. I mean, that's a decade in prison. Britney green is probably in her late 20s. She's going to be 30 something when she get out of prison. And she's going to prison in Russia. Now I've never been to prison anywhere. But I would imagine that Russian prison probably ain't as nice as the United States prison. I don't know if you're getting three hots in a cot. The only benefit that Brittany griner has is she big. So ain't no women gonna be taking advantage of her unless there's some Russian women in there 6 9. And the good thing for Brittany and I'm not trying to be funny, but the good thing for her is that she actually like women. She's attracted to women. She's 31, she's gonna be phony. She's gonna be farted when she get out of there. But she like women. So maybe she won't have too much of a hard time being around a bunch of women. I'm really not trying to be funny, y'all. I mean, we have to have a comedic relief in here somewhere. But man, that's a lot of time. But you know what else is discouraging to me is that she trashed the United States of America. She didn't want to stand for the national anthem.
Why Americans Are Angry at the White House
"If anyone ever wanted to attack America the attack will happen now. We are the most divided that we've been in a very long time. Economically, people are struggling. The morale in our country is at an all time low. All you can do is look at how people view the effectiveness of this current administration and it's historically low. Most people don't believe that Joe Biden is doing the right thing. Most people don't believe that this current administration is actively participating in the best interest of Americans. And then you throw in conflict overseas. Our government is trying to pass a bill through the house, forced this bill of over 700 $700 billion worth of spending. Many economists and people that I've read are saying that this is not a positive thing for America to then push an agenda that raises taxes, which is going to hurt all working class people.
The U.s. Needs to Get Out Away From Endless Wars
"Can somebody explain to me why Nancy Pelosi in the United States government feel that there is a need for us to even attempt to travel to Taiwan? This is the weird part about Democrats that I will never understand. Why do they want to participate in being involved in endless wars? I think it's the Democrats that are pushing in this wars. I think we should have no business of our government giving money to the Ukrainian government. Now I understand that people may want to help out the families that are displaced and different things like that. That makes sense to me, right? We can still be a helping hand to the people that are not responsible and have no real involvement or connection with what their government is doing. But why did Nancy Pelosi feel that it was that important for her to travel to Taiwan?
Brittney Griner Sentenced to 9 Years in Russian Prison
"Brittany griner, the WNBA star, found guilty on those drug charges 9 years in prison. That's what they have sentenced to her. That sentence coming down just a few moments ago. And not looking good. She offered an apology in the hearing, but that was not good enough. Also find 1 million rubles. What is that like three bucks or something? I don't know. We'll figure that out. But anyway, 9 years in jail, that's the big headline coming out of Moscow, President Biden says he's upset, but there's really not much he can do about that. All
Brittney Griner Sentenced to 9 Years in Russian Prison
"This is a big breaking news Thursday, so we're glad you're here. First out of Russia, Brittany griner has been found guilty of drug crimes. Wow, interesting to see how this is going to play out. The judge ruled that she smuggled drugs deliberately and the WNBA star, Brittany griner, just was just convicted of drug crimes in Russia, so the Russian court issuing this big verdict. This big American basketball star, they're trying, of course, to do prisoner swaps and everything else. I don't know how that now is going to be impacted by the guilty conviction. But again, breaking news, Brittany griner. Found guilty.
Russian prosecutors seek 9 1/2-year sentence for Brittney Griner
"Russian prosecutors are asking a court to sentence basketball star Brittany griner to nearly a decade in prison on drug charges Nearly 6 months after griner was arrested at a Moscow airport her trial is nearing an end a conviction appears nearly certain since Russian courts rarely acquit defendants and griner has acknowledged having vape cartridges with cannabis oil Prosecutors are asking the court for a 9 and a half year sentence It's unclear when a verdict will be announced if griner is not freed attention will turn to a potential prisoner swap The U.S. is pushing Russia to accept a deal to free both grin or and fellow American Paul Whelan people familiar with the proposal say it envisions trading them for arms dealer Victor boot
Russian Officials Respond to US Offer for Brittney Griner
"Another story. That just literally makes me smile. But also make our country look bad. Is that there is no deal according to Vladimir Putin. That Brittany griner is going to get out of jail because Joe Biden is going to exchange a hardened criminal. You know, it's funny because I could imagine in Russia they like keep that food. We don't want him. We want your America here 'cause we want to show the world that I ain't gonna do nothing. That y'all fake. Y'all not gonna come rescue none of your people. We're gonna take them. We're gonna keep them good luck.
Caller Brent Has Some Very Kind Words for Officer Tatum
"Brent from LA welcome to the off to Tatum show. Blessings to you officer Tatum. Yes. Thank you. Yes, you do not present with rants. You present with sublime spiritual soliloquies and righteous sermons and you are brilliant courageous and stunning and common sense and down home wisdom. And you have armies of angels, Americans and children cheering you on. So you keep asking how people can be so stupid. Heartless and hateful, especially towards children these days, unfortunately, there is an easy answer. The moment we are honest enough to identify exactly what we're looking at. This is pure satanism and evil and we must not fear to identify the Democrats as being the agents of the devil. They have indeed transitioned into atheism, socialism, communism, fascism, maoism, and Democrat progressivism are all the same monstrous manifestation simply wearing different masks of Satan. Brent, can you write my next book for me? I appreciate the kind words, man. I think that you are on .1 100%.
Even Nancy Pelosi Knows the True Definition of 'Recession'
"I want you to listen to Nancy Pelosi, the one who has a bad Botox, I want you to listen to her because she even said years ago that a recession is when you have two quarters of negative GDP, essentially. Road a clip. And so while they may have saved the second quarter from a technical definition of recession, the fact is we are now into the third quarter and we need we need to have another stimulus package. I wish somebody would do her Botox, right? 'cause she looked like she looked like she's a dead. She look like she a dead man walking.
Clinton Said “A Recession Is Two Quarters in a Row of Negative Growth"
"Want to play a clip from Bill Clinton to beloved Democrat who was, maybe not say that. I'm supposed to be a Christian. Who was doing stuff he wasn't supposed to be doing in the Oval Office that involved him and another young lady that wasn't his wife. But let me play the clip of him saying out of his own mouth. This is the thing with these Democrats. They are so double sided and they're so hypocritical. They say one thing one election season and then they say something completely different. They're just complete lives. Why do anybody vote for them? Here's Bill Clinton saying that a recession is two quarters of negative GDP, wrote a clip. Well, an assessment is two quarters in a row of negative growth. I don't think we're going to have that. But we couldn't keep up 5% of the year. You know, forever. So I think 49 of the 50 blue chip forecast essentially relatively 2.5% of better next year. I didn't have sex with that woman. I don't know why anybody listening to that dude said he did not have sex relations with that girl and he got caught. And he ended up into it. However, are we do we have two quarters of negative GDP negative economic growth? The answer is yes. So why are Democrats comfortable saying that then, but then now they want to change the entire definition? Can you believe this is not a conspiracy?
Economist Stephen Moore Joins Brandon to Discuss the Recession
"Like I promise you yesterday, I was going to bring on a person who's an expert who's smarter than me on these topics. One thing you guys are going to know about me is that I speak with common sense, I'm authentic, but I'm not the smartest person in the world. So I recruit smarter people to talk about certain subject matter, so we all become smarter together. So I'm going to bring in a gentleman who I think is amazing. Stephen Moore, he's a distinguished fellow in economics at the heritage foundation. He's also the founder of the committee to unleash prosperity. Steven, welcome to the off state of show. It is still fair to be with you. Thanks for having me. And I know great expert on this stuff. But you know what? You don't have to be an expert to understand what's going on with this economy right now. It's just a disgrace. Yes, yes, I think that most people will understand that it's a little bit of common sense sprinkled in with facts, and I think we'll understand, but I have a few questions for you, then I had is that are we in a recession? Well, the dictionary definition of a recession two quarters of negative growth. And unfortunately, we've had that and we confirm that yesterday. Now look, it's a mild recession. It's not we were slightly negative in the first quarter and slightly negative in the second quarter. But the biggest problem right now, I'm calling this a recession in people's personal income. In other words, what's going on right now is that the inflation rate is running at about 9 to 9 and a half percent. And wages are rising by about 5 to 5 and a half percent. So I think the math is pretty easy there, right? If you've got 5% wage growth in 9% inflation, you're following behind. And by my best estimates, the average family when you adjust for the inflation that's out of control has lost about 3000 to $5000 in income in just the last year. That's a lot of money. Let's say you got a family with a 60, $75,000 income. That's a big loss
Cop Charged With Felony Battery for Grabbing Female Officer by Throat
"Another thing I want to touch on is this police getting charged. I spoke about it before, but I just made a video on my YouTube about it. The police officer out there in Florida who was on video yelling at a subject in the back of a patrol car, then a female officer grabbed him by the belt, pulled him, and then he turned around and pushed her, his hand, grazed her neck, and all the reports were saying he choked her, I just, I'm having a problem finding that that makes sense to charge the sergeant with pushing an officer after the officer pulled him and almost made him fall over because of she perceived that he went too far. When there is no law against what the sergeant did, he didn't touch the guy, all he had was harsh words. That's not against the law to have harsh words for somebody. It's not a violated violation of somebody, somebody's constitutional rights, if they're under arrest and a person has harsh words for them. And say, if you hurt any one of my officers, I'm going to take your soul. It's pretty much what he said. That's not against the law to say that. Somebody may believe that it's improper. But as a officer with three years on a police department, you go and grab your sergeant and pull him in, almost make him fall on the ground. To me, you are out of bounds. If the man, if the officer was assaulting this guy, then I have a different tune. But nobody touched his officership, you, you ran from third base to the home plate just to pull his officer pull his sergeant out of the back of that patrol car. But when the sergeant wasn't there, you wouldn't even touch the suspect to get him in the car. But you're willing to grab the police, your police sergeant but you won't touch the suspect.
The Biden Administration Is Completely Incompetent or Evil
"The Biden administration is completely incompetent or evil. Or both. They can not mention or say that we are in a recession. They are lying to the country to say that we are or we are not in a recession. Changing the definition of a recession that under Trump if this would have happened under Trump, we are in a recession ladies and gentlemen. But under Biden somehow they can just change the definition. Wikipedia changed the definition. Of a recession to match what the president is saying. This is communist China type stuff. It blows my mind how evil these people are.
U.S. Offers Deal to Russia for Brittney Griner, Paul Whelan
"I'll at least Britney griner is going to come home. The WNBA basketball star is going to be traded along with this American businessman for the merchant of death. We're going to give up a guy who was spending years behind bars for arms dealing with terrorists, the merchant of death is going to be given to Russia so we can get Brittany griner home. Because goodness knows, that's a fair swap. Does that sound fair to you? One merchant of death for one America hating WNBA star. Have you noticed how Britney greiner's activism has been completely ignored throughout this whole ordeal that she has been going through? She's trying to smuggle hashish oil through a Russian airport. And they caught her. It got her dead to rights. You can't have hash oil in a vape vaping cartridge in a Russian airport. Sorry, Boris and Natasha aren't exactly going to read you your Miranda rights over their dope. You're caught. And you know, now Biden is trying the Biden administration and blink Antony Blinken and all of them are trying to get you home after you've spit on the flag. Metaphorically. After you disrespected the national anthem, protested against the United States, that same country that you have such disdain for miss griner is now putting its butt on the line for you.
"brittney griner" Discussed on Skimm This
"Charges for anyone on team Trump as a result of what the committee is presented. So with a lot still up in the air in D.C., and Georgia, one thing's for sure. We'll still be talking about the fallout from the 2020 election for months and years to come.
"brittney griner" Discussed on ESPN Daily
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"brittney griner" Discussed on ESPN Daily
"brittney griner" Discussed on Today, Explained
"Is not restricted from that. But we still have no idea when she might be released. Absolutely none. Has the shaken the faith of other WNBA players that they can spend the off season playing in Russia for more money? Is this basically the end of that phenomena? Well, it seems clear that nobody's going back to Russia. One, just, you know, the state of the world. But if somehow there were some resolution and there was something like a normal stable government over there without Vladimir Putin in power, would it happen? It's really hard to say because you just can't imagine that. All you know is that for the time being, Russia is completely off limits. But they're also really needs to be a conversation about who people are getting into business with. The NBA had a an owner of a team that was a Russian oligarch and the English Premier League. There are football teams that are owned by oligarchs or oil money from the Middle East. When you go into business with an oligarch or if you're a player who goes to get a paycheck from oligarch, these are not plucky business people who started a lemonade stand and built it into something. No, they're part of a criminal enterprise, and that's who you're getting into business with. So beyond Russia, there is a larger question to be had in the sports world about.
"brittney griner" Discussed on Today, Explained
"Hey folks, it's preet bharara. The former U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York. I led that office for over 7 years until I was fired by former president Trump, 5 years ago. Now I host a podcast called stay tuned with preet from cafe and the vox media podcast network. Every Thursday I have long form conversations with the newsmakers, shaping our current moment. And the thinkers who help make sense of it. Politicians, journalists, academics, and activists. People like Adam Schiff, Anita hill, masha gessen, and Daniel kahneman. As a former prosecutor, I focus on questions of justice. That means I dive deep into the war in Ukraine, the threat of climate change, the future of technology. And of course, the legal and political battles that are defining our time, like the investigations into former president Trump, and the fights were voting and reproductive rights. I hope you'll consider listening and subscribing. Just search, stay tuned with pre wherever you get your podcasts. Find slimer for the dark and that's what the sellout crowd is waiting for. They explained we're back with ESPN investigative journalist TJ Quinn and TJ, you've spent the past two months following this Britney grinder's story, but you just mentioned the Trevor Reed story, former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed is back in Texas tonight after his surprise release from a Russian prison camp, part of a secretive high level prisoner swap. Tell us why that story is so important to Britney story. Trevor Reed is crucial to her story. He was former U.S. Marine who had actually worked in president Obama's detail in The White House, his family said that he was over there learning Russian and visiting his girlfriend. And Reed was arrested after a drunken night when officials say that he hit a cop. And Paul Whelan was accused of espionage. Whelan now asking his brother, why was I left behind? Why hasn't more been done to secure my release? Whelan is a corporate security director for a company out of Michigan that does business in Russia. And the U.S. government followed pretty much a similar path of just watching what happened with their cases, not really reacting. They got through their trial, independent observers watched this and determined this is ludicrous. These charges are ridiculous. And so at that point, once they were convicted, the U.S. government started saying they're both wrongfully detained. Trevor Reed started to get sick. He his parents believe that he contracted tuberculosis over there and it was untreated. He looked horrible. He looked like he could hardly walk. He looked like he'd been walking shackled. In fact, when we both saw that video this morning first time we started crying. And you saw a real split in strategy. Paul Whelan's family has been fairly low key about it, but Trevor Reid's parents, both of their own volition and through advice they got were really pushing hard saying we need attention on him, our son is over there may be dying in a Russian prison with his terrible care, finally just last week, a deal was cut where he was sent home in exchange for a Russian pilot who had been convicted in this country of trafficking, pretty much a straight trade. And there was immediate reaction of why can't you get all of them out? What about Paul Whelan? His family was very upset. And the number of people I've spoken to at the State Department said, look, here's what's different about Trevor Reid's case. One, his health. There was an emergency. They had to get him out. But they also really kind of flinched at the idea that it was the public campaign of the reeds that got him out. The people you talk to in states say, hey, look, we've got as much motivation as anybody. Maybe not their families, but we have all the motivation we need to get them out of there. Just personally, politically, ethically. The president is focused on that. And we would say to him, we are going to continue to do everything possible to bring you home. And there's frustration from them that there's not more public trust in what they do. And that is the real conundrum for a lot of these families and for the State Department and I've talked to people around Brittany griner about this. Essentially what they're doing is asking an unbelievably skeptical public to accept that institutions are operating the way they should and the people who run them are acting competently and in good faith. We are just not built to think that anymore, not in this culture in society. So, you know, the people around Brittany that I talked to kept saying, look, no, we have faith in the people who are doing this. We think that they're really doing their best. But they also started to get impatient. And once Trevor Reid came home, that was a big deal to people around Brittany griner because they recognized okay, maybe Britney's case is different, but it means that there is an open channel. You've got two hostile governments that aren't quite at war with each other, but the U.S. is certainly supporting Ukraine. And just the fact that they were able to strike a deal for him gave them a bit of optimism. They didn't have before. You know, hearing Trevor Reid's story and hearing that Russia got something out of detaining him. They got a trade with the United States, a one for one trade. It does sort of make me think again that Brittany griner could be detained, not just because she had some hash oil on her. If she did, but because she is great leverage for Russia against the United States, if they want to trade her for another detained Russian, the reality is it doesn't matter if she did it or not, frankly. You know, if she did, fine, you know, they can still trade for. If she didn't, well, it doesn't matter in the Russian judicial system because if they say she did, she did. The U.S. government says there's absolutely no proof that Paul Whelan committed espionage over there, but the Russians said he did and they convicted him and they've got him in jail. So what's the difference with Brittany griner, what changed at this point was there was some indication that the U.S. government got that there is a deal to be made. And once that happens, it really doesn't matter whether she actually did what they accused her of. And even if she did go over there with vape cartridges and violate Russian law, they still want to try to get her out. So it becomes all about a negotiation. And the sign that was really promising to Brittany griner supporters was it wasn't just that the U.S. government reclassified her as being wrongfully detained. It's that former U.S. ambassador Bill Richardson, who is worked for years with his organization privately to negotiate for hostages around the world. They got involved. I think this is a good sign. The Russians actually made this deal right now. Maybe they're sending a signal. Maybe they're ready to talk. I'm not sure. I don't think so. But I think it's good news for Britney and for Paul Whelan. And I'm going to do everything I can to get them out. They were deeply involved in Trevor Reed's case. They're allowed to do things that the U.S. government is not. The government is restrained by U.S. law about what kind of negotiations they can have, who they can talk to, involving third parties and some sort of trade. Bill Richardson is a private citizen.
"brittney griner" Discussed on Today, Explained
"There, that it's time to start moving. So mom's the word when everyone finds out, but now here we are almost 80 days later. Do we know what Britney's experience has been? Has she been able to speak out about this publicly? She hasn't at all. The only connection to her has been her representatives to her lawyers. U.S. consular officials were able to visit her back in March and reported that she was okay. What I'm hearing from people around her is that she's good considering. I mean, she's in jail in a foreign country. She doesn't speak the language, supposedly there are people around her who do speak English. She has reading material, the other reports that it was tough to find a bed to fitter, which would make sense. She is 6 foot 9. And that she's doing okay considering. But there's no way to independently verify that. It's tough. BG is us. We are BG, you know, that could have been us. We're really most concerned about her health and safety, especially her mental health. We want her home. Just imagine showing up for the start of a season and the biggest player in the game is not there. You can't just pretend all of a sudden that Babe Ruth or Michael Jordan or somebody just isn't there. And it's been tough for players who wanted to speak out more, but now they know that they have some freedom to start doing that. I think about her every day. And I can't wait till she gets back here with us. And he saw some incremental increase in how much they were talking about her. At the WNBA draft a few weeks ago. She continues to have our full support. First statement out of the commissioner's mouth was about Brittany griner. And certainly we're trying everything we can every angle working through with her legal representation, her agent, elected leaders, the administration, just everybody in our ecosystem to try and find ways to get her home safely and quickly as we can. And then just last week, there was a discussion about putting a decal on the floor of games. The WNBA is honoring grinder with floor decals of her initials, BG, and the number 42 in all of its arenas. And these are all deliberate, it's all strategic to slowly start to ramp up the amount of tension that her case is getting. And the U.S. government is now talking about her too. Well, that was the big change. It's a U.S. government will now negotiate more aggressively to win Britney greiner's release and will not wait for the Russian legal system to play out here. The people around her were just sort of waiting for permission or a sign that now it's time to really start speaking out. A State Department spokesperson saying in a statement they have now determined that the Russian Federation has wrongfully detained griner and that a special presidential envoy for hostage affairs will lead the interagency team for securing her release. When you talk about protests, you got to think about, well, who is it that you're actually protesting? Are you trying to create public pressure against Vladimir Putin? Because that's probably not going to work. This is somebody who launched an invasion united much of the world against him has been hit with the biggest sanctions and geopolitical history. And that didn't change him. So it seems unlikely that a hashtag is going to influence what he does. The real pressure that they want to create is with the U.S. government to try to force The White House and the State Department to make her a priority to cut a deal and get her home. And.
"brittney griner" Discussed on Today, Explained
"And maybe a little showtime. The two handed finish she is like nobody who has ever played and then she is dominated every level she's ever been. She's also become kind of a cultural icon as well for her sexuality for her struggles with mental health issues. She's become someone who really is more than an athlete to the people who follow her. She's talked about the struggles she had growing up about standing out the way she did. Always bigger, deeper voice, flat chest, big feet, and I remember I forgot the girl's name, but she came up to me and she was with her friends. She was like, look, she's not a girl and she literally grabbed my chest and like had like patted me like that. I was like, look, I was so embarrassed. I mean, one thing about her is there's never been a room that she's walked into where she was not the absolute center of attention. She's 6 foot 9, so her whole life has been people staring at her, sort of picking her apart and she has talked about the anger and frustration that built up and what a release basketball became for her. She was the best high school player in the country. She got a sign with Baylor, won a national title there. All American, the number one overall draft pick in the WNBA when she went professional, perennial, all star. I mean, what stands out is her size and she plays a sort of physical dominant game, both defensively and offensively that stand out, but she also she dunks in games, which is not common in the WNBA. Or just roll perfectly slam dunk Brittany grinder you know, you watch her and it's just a skill in her game that's beyond just the sheer size she has. So it's fair to say that she's one of the best players in the WNBA. One of the best players in basketball history. What is one of the best players in basketball history doing in Russia? The women who play in the WNBA, which is the highest level of basketball played in that sport, can only make a few $100,000 at the most. There's a hard salary cap for what they can make. There are limited marketing opportunities for women who play professional basketball, but in Russia, like as in a number of countries in Europe and the Middle East, she's able to make more than a $1 million playing for one of the teams there, that's owned by oligarchs. So there's this long history of WNBA players making something that'd be a good salary for most people, but really low for someone of their skill. Going to Russia, turkey, where they make much higher salaries. And so she has been spending her off season, making three, four, sometimes 5 times the salary she could make in the U.S. by playing in Russia. I didn't become aware of it until my junior and senior year in college and I started to realize that the WNBA doesn't make as much money as people assume as much as we assume. I didn't know coming in as a rookie. It was only going to make $40,000. By the way, it's not just the money. It's the way they were treated over there. I mean, they get the full treatment they get private jets. Every need is attended to, you feel less like an employee and more like a star. And you can see why that would be attractive. So it sounds like there hasn't been any question about safety concerns. I don't recall anybody really raising safety concerns. And I think one reason is when you are going over there under the protection of an oligarch, it is the equivalent of walking into a neighborhood when the local crime boss says, you know, so and so is okay. No one's going to touch you. And that really is how the oligarch system works in Russia. So let's talk about how Brittany griner ends up being detained in Russia. Where does that story start? That starts February 17th when she flew over there as she has many times and landed at the airport outside of Moscow. You watching the video that customs officials released and she's just going through the baggage check like normal and then she gets pulled out of the line. What happens after that is in dispute. Authorities say griner was taken into custody at the Moscow airport in February. Customs agents allegedly found vapes with liquid cannabis or hash oil in her carry on which is illegal substance in Russia. She actually has not said one way or the other or nor have a representatives. And from that time on, she was in custody, but there was no attention to it in this country. Russia didn't announce it, they kept it very low profiling. Her representatives were almost immediately in contact with the U.S. State Department. And the advice that the State Department gave them was look, you need to keep a low profile right now. There are two directions this can go. Russia has nominally at least a criminal justice system. It is, I think, quite demonstrably corrupt. And subject to the rule of one man, Vladimir Putin and his government, but there is one and it does operate. And until they have some idea of how she's being treated, it's better for you to keep a low profile because the other path is if she becomes too valuable. If there's a ton of attention to her, well then she's a potential asset to Putin and his government for something that they want to trade for. And that was not the road you wanted to be on. They followed the State Department's advice and kept a very low profile until about three weeks later in early March, Russian customs officials did announce it in this country. We heard about it. I think first The New York Times, that she had been detained. And then there was this immediate response over here. Wait a second. How can one of the world's best athletes have been in detention for more than two weeks and nobody knew about it? That was intentional. They really wanted to keep a low profile. She's got lawyers over there trying to see, can we work this out through the criminal justice system? And then when you had a number of members of Congress and prominent athletes, you know, raising the issue of, if this were a male athlete, if this was LeBron James or somebody, people would be going out of their minds. But in this one case, the people who support Brittany griner, lament the inequities in women's sports in this country, but here's where to their advantage because they felt like, okay, let's just, let's keep quiet as long as we can. See if we can work this out because if she becomes essentially a hostage to Putin, then you're in a whole new world. As I recall, because this was happening so close to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, it felt like Russia maybe was trying to get a little leverage on the United States. Potentially, by detaining this star athlete for having hashish oil on her. It's entirely possible, and people who follow Russia immediately thought of the fact that there is a well established history of Russian law enforcement planning drugs on people in order to arrest them. This is what they do. And even though the war hadn't started the invasion hadn't started yet in February 17th, they knew it was coming. So for those inclined to think this was a setup, the pieces were there. There's Russia's history of doing that. The fact that she's high profile, easily identifiable, the fact that she's also a 6 foot 9 black lesbian, which in Putin's Russia is a warning to all good Russian mothers look what will happen to your children if you liberalize like the west, they knew that the motivation was there and that she was potentially a chit to trade for something if they wanted it. But there are also a number of people who said, well, wait a second. They're not making a big deal out of this. They arrested her. It's entirely possible that she did do it. And just because they're politicizing it or they may be willing to trade for her doesn't mean that necessarily she didn't actually commit the crime. She was she was accused of, who knows. But what's become clear to the U.S. government at some point is that Russia is open for business. And that they don't need to wait a year for her to go to trial. You can hold someone pretrial detention for a year over.
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"Geopolitical negotiations. I met him once in the Clinton administration when he first came in. I don't think he has the edge, but he's clearly been very unhelpful to the United States. He very crafty guy. He hasn't played it straight, but he's, you know, he's somebody that he's a big player here. And when I asked Tom firestone about those two guys, you know, he made it clear that they wouldn't have gotten to where they are today if they were not exceptionally good at what they do. They're obviously both well respected. I mean, karstens would not have been appointed to that position. Unless there was great confidence in him and his ability to resolve these highly sensitive matters. Of karstens is obviously involved in the Reed case and successfully got mister readout. Richardson's has been involved in a number of these situations, you know, readers out. So I think that speaks well for both of them. There will, of course, be other people involved as well, but overall it looks like this very high powered team will not be giving Britney grinder's case a lot of attention. And so overall, this feels like a very positive development. It definitely seems like it, as Tom firestone pointed out, the U.S. government probably wouldn't have made this change in approach or announced a publicly if they didn't have some degree of confidence that they'll be able to get Brittany grinder out. When they make this statement, they are basically raising the profile of the case. They're drawing public attention to it. So it puts more pressure on them, self created pressure to do something to get her out. So it will hopefully succeed. And, you know, considering where things stand with U.S. Russian relations at the moment with all the sanctions over the war in Ukraine with talk about nuclear war, the fact that the two sides seem willing to talk and to negotiate at all is definitely a positive sign for Brittany griner as well. I had previously been very pessimistic about the ability of the U.S. government to do anything given the current political situation. But look, the result in the Reed case speaks for itself. He is now a free man a month ago. He was not. So I think that that's encouraging that they are getting behind this case in this way. Wanders, thanks for digging into this and breaking it all down for us. My pleasure tip. Coming up, what to watch for when Brittany griner team, the Phoenix mercury, and other teams around the WNBA, begin the season this weekend. We get support from whoop, the world's most powerful personalized digital fitness and health coach. 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If you want your music on demand and ad free, you have to try Amazon music unlimited, where you can listen to any song anywhere, offline with unlimited skips. For a limited time, new customers can try Amazon music unlimited free for 30 days. Just go to Amazon.com slash wondery. That's Amazon.com slash wondery to try Amazon music unlimited free for 30 days. Amazon.com slash wondery. Renews automatically cancel anytime. Terms apply. Sabrina merchant welcome to the lead. Thanks so much for having me. Thanks for being here. So Sabrina, we spent the first half of this episode discussing Brittany griner situation in Russia and the hope that she may return to the U.S. sooner than later. But now we wanted to shift our focus back onto the court. And the storylines to keep an eye on during the WNBA season, which is about to begin. So let's start with grinder's team. The Phoenix mercury. What is the forecast for this team without Brittany griner in the lineup? The thing with the mercury is there's so top heavy that the regular season is just perennially a slog for Phoenix because they invest so much of their cap into superstars that it's hard to have the depth to fill out for a full regular season. And I think we saw that last year too when they finished 5th and then made the run to the WNBA finals. So with or without grinder, I wouldn't expect this team to have a ton of regular season success. I'm a little concerned just defensively, you know, Britney's a huge force in the middle and deters a lot of shots. So as far as the mercury concerned, I think they're going to be like super high powered offensively. You know, any time you can combine scholarly and smith's tarazi and Dina Charles, that's a lot of scoring power, but I do worry a little bit about their defense. I think on the whole it's gonna be like a slightly average above average team during the regular season not to say that that can't change during the playoffs, obviously, but I wouldn't expect them to be lighting the doors on fire, you know, during the 36 games to start the era. This is Diana chassis's 18th season. And I mean, 18 seasons is insane to me. So what can we expect from her? I think we're going to see some load management from Diana tarazi, like I wouldn't expect her to play more than 28 games, you know, just to be conservative in terms of preparing for the playoffs and then also because this is a shorter regular season given the fact that the WWE has to finish in time for the World Cup, which is happening in September. So I don't think this is like an all WNBA season that we should be expecting from Diana Ross. I think she'll look really great sometimes and then some nights it'll look like she's in her 18th WBC's and then four years old and probably unable to summon it all the time. But I'm just excited to watch her play because when she's going, there's literally nobody in the link that's more fun to watch than to try. Definitely. Now you mentioned this a little bit before, but Phoenix just missed claiming their fourth WNBA championship last year losing to the Chicago sky in the finals. So let's now talk about last year's champion. The sky are led by hometown hero Candace Parker, and this is a team that seemed to come out of nowhere to win that title. So do they have what it takes to repeat? Well, nobody in the WNBA has repeated in 20 years. The last team to do it was the Los Angeles sparks in 2001 and 2002. And even though I think Chicago has probably the most talented team in the WNBA this year or at least among the top one or two most talented teams, it's just hard to bet on that repeats through ending just because there's so many factors that go into whether a team is going to be peaking at the right time and Chicago, like you mentioned, you know, they finished the regular season 16 and 16 last year and then just played their best.
"brittney griner" Discussed on The Lead
"This is an unimaginable situation for BG to be in. We know she's safe. But we want to get her home. That's WNBA commissioner Cathy engelbert talking about American basketball star Brittany griner a few weeks ago. Griner has now been in the custody of Russian authorities for more than two months. But after some big developments this week, including the release of another American prisoner, there's new reason to be hopeful. We hope that our story can offer them some hope and we also want to let them know that we're not going to stop fighting for their loved ones to be returned as well. Plus, with the WNBA season set to tip off this week, we look ahead at the teams and storylines to follow. From wondering, I'm Tiffany ashinsky. It's Wednesday, may 4th, and this is the lead. Co host Anders kelto, you're back in the report cherry again today. That's right, if the water is warm here, on the other side of the desk. So I figured I'd just stay in it for another week and do a little more reporting. But this time it's obviously on a much more serious topic. Right. Well, on that note, we're here today to talk about American basketball star Brittany griner, who, as we mentioned in the intro, has been in Russian custody for more than two months now. And there have been some big developments in her case that I want to get to. But first, can you just remind us how we got to this present moment? Yeah, so this all started back on March 5th. We are closely monitoring the situation of Brittany griner, the WNBA star who's been detained rather in Russia on drug charges. That's when we first learned through a press release from Russian state media that an American woman had been detained at a Russian airport, the state media also released security footage of that woman at a baggage checkpoint, and it was pretty clear that this was Brittany griner. You know, she's hard to mistake at 6 foot 9 and with dreadlocks. After scanning her bag, the officers noticed vapes and they say they found cartridges containing liquid hash oil or cannabis oil, which is a narcotic substance, and they go on to say a criminal case was initiated against this citizen. That same day her wife sherrell posted on Instagram essentially confirming that Britney was, in fact, still in Russia and asking for privacy. And it turns out griner had actually been detained about two weeks before that Russian press release came out. So by the time any of us learned what was happening with her, you know, she'd already been in Russian custody for quite a while. The press release claimed that she had cartridges of cannabis oil. What do we know about the potential punishment for something like that in Russia? Yeah, so Russia is known for having particularly harsh drug laws, one expert I spoke with said that the amount that she is alleged to have possessed is considered significant, which is sort of an in between category. Not the lowest, not the highest, but it can carry a sentence of 5 to ten years in prison in Russia. So yeah, if this case were to proceed within the Russian courts, it could potentially lead to a very serious sentence. And since the news about Britney grinder's detainment came out, what in your view has been the public reaction? What has the conversation around her been like? So from my perspective, the reaction has been this strange combination of people talking about her case and not talking about it. So for example, we saw some politicians come forward pretty quickly to champion her cause, including congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who represents grinder's home city of Houston. At this time, to really stop harassing U.S. citizens for more importantly to release those that are there, please. Allow just wanted to safely leave Hillary Clinton tweeted free Britney at one point. We also heard from grinder's old high school basketball coach, a woman named Debbie Jackson, who spoke with a local news station about the situation and questioned the validity of the charges. Did Britney do this? Or is she a political pond? Was it planted? Because that just didn't make any sense to me at all. But we really weren't hearing anything from Brittany greiner's family from the WNBA or from the government early on. And honestly, we weren't hearing that much about her in the media either. I mean, her story was definitely getting coverage, but it wasn't the kind of coverage that you might expect for an athlete of her status, right? She's a two time Olympic gold medalist, a 7 time WNBA all star. And so a lot of the conversation early on shifted to, well, why aren't we talking about Brittany griner? Does it have to do with the fact that she's a woman or the fact that she's a black openly gay woman? And I mean, that's an understandable line of thinking, right? Just do the mental exercise here. What if LeBron James or Kevin Durant had been detained and was being held in a Russian detainment facility? It's hard to believe that wouldn't have turned into a media frenzy. But here's the thing. The lack of public attention is exactly what her family and those working on her behalf wanted early on. You know, there's a reason we first learned about her detainment from a Russian state media press release and not from her family. WNBA commissioner Cathy engelbert later confirmed that the strategy early on was to quote say less and push more privately behind the scenes. And the idea of keeping things as low profile as possible, that was because they felt more attention could actually hurt her cause or jeopardize her safety. Exactly. Her team was working to find a solution before her detainment became public. You know, maybe hoping the Russian government didn't yet realize who she was. But even if they did know who she was, more media attention, could complicate efforts to have her release, or at least that was the thinking, you know, if there was nonstop media coverage and people out in the streets demanding her release, that might make the Russian government feel like they have more leverage or political capital in negotiations, right? And going back to this idea of a relative media silence, I also know from conversations with some other journalists that some media outlets were following a no Britney grinder coverage approach. Out of respect to her and her safety. Yeah, I remember we had this exact discussion a few weeks ago in a staff meeting. Right, but as you know, if there's now been a shift in the approach of Brittany greiner's team, one sign of that happened about three weeks ago when the president of the WNBA players union went on Good Morning America to talk about Brittany grinder's detainment. Can you just give us a sense of the mood amongst your fellow WNBA players about the detainment? Sure no, thank you so much for having me and as you, as you mentioned, you know, it's tough. BG is us. We are BG, you know, that could have been us. This wasn't a plea to go in the streets and protests or anything like that. More used it as an opportunity to talk about how much WNBA players get paid and why they go to places like Russia to play basketball in the first place. But there was definitely a shift in her tone and her messaging. Given the nature of Britney situation, when it happened, it was very important for us to be intentional about doing the best thing to ensure that we don't compromise her coming home. And so a lot of that had to do with educating ourselves about the, you know, the details of what was going on as much as we could know. And around that same time, we also heard WNBA commissioner Cathy engelbert.
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"These generations. And so what you're describing TJ to be blunt again here is another paradox. This is a progressive cause in theory, women's sports being funded dramatically by people who are complicit in an autocratic regime. Yeah, progressive in this case is in the eye of the beholder. The oligarchs who run these teams and pay these salaries. I don't think they're in it for the cause. The economics of it are such that both in terms of money and in terms of social capital that they place great value in these teams they own and the success of those teams and they're willing to pay a ton of money to do it. And what those athletes now are going to have to confront is the same question that the English Premier League and the NBA have to confront right now. You know, you had a Russian oligarch, Mikhail prakaram, who owned the nets until a couple of years ago. And it's a huge fight in the UK right now with the Brahma vich being forced to sell Chelsea, one of the, you know, one of the great franchises in that country's history is in utter chaos because of it. And people know where oligarchs get their money. These are, you know, these are not stupid people running these organizations. They could Google and figure out how all the guards get rich and who supports them. But they were willing to live with it because the money was so good. And that falls on the athletes too is if you're taking the check and you like the money and you like the attention and maybe there's good reason socially to do it. But this is who you're getting into business with. Well, TJ, I do wonder now if we are at a turning point, a real one because of the invasion of Ukraine because of the reckoning out in the cold light of day that you're describing that maybe this isn't a side job that people are going to eagerly sign up for despite the benefits financial and lifestyle that you've described. Like where are the WNBA players besides Brittany griner now? Where are they geographically at this point who usually play in Russia? Well, a lot of them are home. Others are going to be looking at teams in Italy and Israel and turkey. Look, with all those countries, there are hot button geopolitical issues without a doubt. And if anybody, I don't care what sport it is, men's women's U.S. UK, Russia, the way some owners make their money. People are going to have.
"brittney griner" Discussed on ESPN Daily
"Need to trust the institutions who are working here. And the year 2022, that ain't easy. Trust The White House, trust the WNBA, trust the NBA. You know, we are not in a place in our culture where people are prepared to do that. No matter who's telling us. You've got members of Congress out of Texas. You've got Sheila Jackson Lee and Colin allred, who are both democratic congresspersons in Texas. They are out there trying to raise the alarm. At the same time, you've got the United States Secretary of State, Anthony blinken, who, when he was asked about it specifically, did not use Brittany grinder's name. With regard to the individual you mentioned, there's only so much I can say given privacy considerations at this point. Let me just say more generally whenever an American is detained anywhere in the world, we of course stand ready to provide every possible assistance. And that includes in Russia. And that seemed pretty obviously deliberate that he knows if someone of his stature says it all of a sudden that's something somebody can, you know, that can go viral in Russia. We have an embassy team that's working on the cases of other Americans who are detained in Russia. We're doing everything we can to see to it that their rights are a problem respected. I've asked the people around Brittany, is she safe? And when I asked that question, you know, what I was told was, well, we feel there's a commitment to ensuring her safety. And it's very deliberately vague statement. But what I'm told is that they are comfortable with the engagement of The White House and the State Department and that they are not comfortable with what they're hearing from members of Congress. And so Britney greiner's wife, you know, the person closest to her, what has she said publicly if anything? Not much, she had an Instagram post a couple days after that story broke in the times and just said it was tough, but since then, she hasn't, she hasn't said anything publicly. So people close to grinder, tell me that on just this past Friday, there was a meeting with people from the WNBA from the union, Brittany grinders representatives and her wife and trying to get that message across that there is a strategy in play and that they feel it's the best one. That's the paradox. How do you spread the word that you got to be careful about spreading the word? Yeah, TJ, the question of how do you talk about a story that's worth talking about while the people involved in the story desperately don't want you to talk about it so that the story can finally actually be resolved, raises another question, which is how is it that Brittany griner and women's basketball in general.
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"And so the charges that she faces now, TJ, what are they and what do they suggest about how Russia punishes narcotics? She is charged with illegally trying to get illegal narcotics through a customs border. They took those cartridges to be tested, Russian officials say that they contained hashish oil, we don't have any independent confirmation of that, but that's what she's charged with. That has a potential sentence of 7 to ten years in Russia. They have drug laws that were similar to the ones in this country. Up until the start of the 21st century. There is a strong antidrug culture in Russia that is reminiscent of the 1980s here. And just to be clear here, TJ, we're saying hashish oil because the formal charges say that, I've seen other stories that use the term cannabis, hashish oil in any event is indeed a marijuana concentrate and regardless of the form here, the important thing really is just how strict Russia's policy is for anything. Marijuana related, right? Compared to the United States, that's a thing that Vladimir Putin often points to. It's something that Putin and his government have long said, we're intolerant of this, the decadent west with their liberalization and they've latched onto the word woke. That this is what it leads to. Your kids will be doing drugs. So it's not a minor cultural issue over there. If they determine that she has a significant amount, which the statute defines as more than 2.5 grams for those of us not raised in metric that is very little. Then she's facing ten to 20 years. Wow, DJ. I mean, ten to 20 years. In prison is on the table for Brittany griner. Yeah, I mean, those numbers are real. And in a normal situation, you would think if you trust due process, you would think, all right, how could she possibly end up with that? But that's the problem with Russia. They have a criminal justice system that works at a certain level. And there is due process, but there are other elements that mean if somebody suddenly decides they're going to make her an international example, then there is nothing the U.S. could government could do to stop it. TJ, so I saw this video that Russia's custom service had released that you alluded to. And one basic question about that, that's worth asking, is why was Brittany griner entering Russia as talk of war was heating up as everything that's going on in the world right now is unfolding. I would imagine that people may be assumed that she was leaving Russia to come back to the states, but no, it's the other way around. A couple of reasons. One, she plays there. And there's been a fair amount of attention to the fact that WNBA players, the best players in the world, the.
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