Despite being detained in Russia for four months now, WNBA star Brittney Griner was given a glimmer of hope when she was allowed to speak to her wife, Cherelle, via phone on their fourth anniversary on Saturday. Arrangements had been made a couple of weeks prior for the couple to speak on the phone for the first time since Griner was arrested. Heartbreakingly, the call never went through.
According to a report by the Associated Press, the problem lies with the United States embassy in Moscow, Russia. Apparently, there wasn’t anyone available in the embassy on Saturday to patch the phone call through. Griner reportedly attempted to call no less than 11 times only for them to be unanswered each time.
For her part, Cherelle was eagerly waiting for the call in Phoenix that never came. She initially thought that Russian authorities botched the scheduled call. When she found out that it was an issue with the US embassy, she was understandably distraught.
“I find it unacceptable and I have zero trust in our government right now,” Cherelle said. “If I can’t trust you to catch a Saturday call outside of business hours, how can I trust you to actually be negotiating on my wife’s behalf to come home? Because that’s a much bigger ask than to catch a Saturday call.”
The phone call would have been a milestone moment for Brittney Griner and her wife. As it turns out, this would have been the first time they spoke in real-time since Griner’s arrest.
“This was such a big moment because this would have been the first time where I truly could tell if she’s okay,” she continued. “This would have been the first time for me to actually just hear her in real time and to truly know if she’s okay or to know if she’s seconds away from not being in existence anymore.”
Griner’s unfortunate plight continues, and as Cherelle expressed in her statement above, she is now beginning to lose hope in the government in all this.