r/sports 13d ago Wholesome 2 Helpful 1 Bravo! 1

I Have “Zero Trust” in U.S. Government: Wife of Brittney Griner, Basketball Star Detained in Russia Basketball

https://www.democracynow.org/2022/6/22/headlines/i_have_zero_trust_in_us_government_wife_of_brittney_griner_basketball_star_detained_in_russia
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u/ThereAreDozensOfUs 12d ago Wholesome

The government ain’t trading an arms dealer for a basketball star

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u/DollarThrill 12d ago

The arms dealer was literally the inspiration for the movie Lord of War.

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u/B-Prue 12d ago

That bullet intro, one of the best movie intros ever.

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u/OHTHNAP 12d ago

Great movie. There's a scene towards the end where Nic Cage can accept half a diamond payment or walk away, and him taking the money was one of the all time "I guess I've come this far, might as well sell my soul." moments.

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u/wldcordeiro 12d ago

Sort of, his brother had just destroyed half the shipment and it was pretty implied that him not accepting would be his death too.

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u/Royal__Tenenbaum 12d ago

His bro blew up half the guns so the warlord gave him half the payment. Pretty fair to be honest.

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u/DFWPunk Los Angeles Dodgers 12d ago

He wasn't going to be allowed to walk away with those guns.

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u/Osopoe 12d ago

Wasn't he also Bradley Cooper's character in War Dogs?

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u/Total_ADHD 12d ago

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u/xlaw22 12d ago edited 12d ago Silver Wholesome

If she had the same distrust of the Russian government we wouldn’t be in this mess

Edit: thanks for the award and I’m not saying she deserved it. But this was an entirely avoidable disaster on her part if she simply was smart and humble while visiting a totalitarian regime.

Remember when that college kid ripped up a poster and NK tortured him to death and the US still didn’t give in to NK’s demands? Well this situation is just like that only Griner Is famous and Russia’s demand would lead to the death of thousands of Ukrainians and undermine world stability

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u/Sagybagy 12d ago

Who’s this “we” in the mess? Looks like it’s just her and her money in the mess.

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u/xlaw22 12d ago

Well people are blaming Biden for not getting her free, as if there are no other factors at play here.

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u/Seahawk715 12d ago

If she had any concept of illegal drugs in foreign countries we wouldn’t be in this mess. (Unless she was framed, which doesn’t seem likely from what I’ve seen)

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u/SirRevan 12d ago

You don't even want to fuck with bringing weed to different states. I don't know what she was thinking.

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u/AZFUNGUY85 12d ago

Thank you.

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u/hakkai999 Philippines 12d ago

I think American tourists need to be more knowledgeable about their host countries in general. It may not result in jail time but it'd definitely alleviate the lives of the locals if Americans were a bit more wary/courteous.

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u/zuvembi 12d ago

Right? I know when I was Turkey, I didn't involve myself with anything illegal because I don't want to see the inside of a Turkish PRISON.

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u/zaphodp3 12d ago

You ever seen a grown man naked?

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u/EmptyBallasts Major League Baseball 12d ago

Do you like movies about Gladiators?

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u/davisyoung 12d ago edited 11d ago

You ever hang around a gymnasium?

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u/4tsixn2 12d ago

If Turkish prisons are half as bad as Midnight Express, I’ll pass too.

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u/monsieurpommefrites 12d ago

Imagine that. Their house, their rules. Simple as.

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u/Adolka 12d ago

For sure. Some South East Asian counties have zero tolerance for drugs. If you get caught you might be sentenced to death.

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u/SofieTerleska 12d ago

She wasn't even a tourist, she had been going there for years to play in the off-season.

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u/XX_DarkWarrior_XX 12d ago

Go to a failed Mafia State to play basketball And Fuck around and this is what happens. Can't blame that shit on anyone else but her.

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u/Ravenerz 12d ago edited 12d ago

Didnt shebgo over to russia with dab pens or dab cartridges? She went to another country with something they consider very illegal and some how expected nothing to happen?

Iirc and that is what happened, then she did this to herself really..i mean she has no one to blane but herself for doing something so stupid and carelss and then expecting no repercussions AND expecting the US Government to bail her out of the shit storm her dumbass put herself in.

Youre right, Americans do need to read up on the places theye gonna go visit. That still doesn't excuse her and her actions tho.

This shit and getting saved by the Gov. Is what makes other countries and their people hate us....among other things tho too..

Edit to add: So shes lost trust in the Gov. Because no one was working Saturday to connect a call..? Im sorry but when did it become the norn for gov. Workers to go into work on a day off to connect anniversary calls for people who broke the law in another country and are detained...?? Am i missing something here or do i just not have thst kinda privilege for such things? I find it hard to compare 2 goverments negotiating the release of a US citizen to going above and beyond what should be allowed, by missing an anniversary phone call...

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u/CTeam19 Iowa State 12d ago

There are just some countries people shouldn't visit and not expect the high chance of being arrested or assaulted

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u/Beneficial_Emu9299 12d ago

Exactly. People who vacation or work in Russia, North Korea, etc need to know the risks.

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u/420blazeit69nubz Boston Bruins 12d ago

Especially someone who willingly took an illegal substance into the country. Is it bullshit it’s illegal? Absolutely but you can’t bring that into somewhere like Russia. Even if all that was false what would Russia learn if they just swapped a notorious arms dealer for her? Just arrest people falsely to get prisoners back?

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u/Geckohobo 12d ago

you can’t bring that into somewhere like Russia

It's crazy isn't it?

I've been a stoner my entire adult life. I've literally thrown weed in the trash at the end of a trip to Amsterdam rather than bring it back to my own country (UK) because even if local police couldn't care less about a bit of possession for personal use, carrying drugs through an international border is just asking for trouble.

The idea of taking drugs to somewhere like Russia is a level of insane I can barely even comprehend.

I didn't smoke in the US (prior to the current legalisations), even in New Orleans when it seemed like half our hotel was doing it. The only time I'll smoke abroad is if it's legal/decriminalised or if I'm in a private home with a local who shares some with me and somewhere like Russia I wouldn't even do that.

Expecting your government to then pull you out of the hole you dug for yourself, in a country with which they have actively hostile relations is just the cherry on top of a massive entitlement sundae.

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u/sanguinesolitude 12d ago

I wouldn't bring drugs on a plane in the US flying from a legal state to a legal state... from USA to Russia? Are you insane?

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u/ooohexplode 12d ago

Honestly never had problems domestically but I would never tempt customs lol

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u/420blazeit69nubz Boston Bruins 12d ago

Domestically in the US I generally am not worried when I fly with any cannabis related stuff but I only fly with vape cartridges and edibles not flower. I know people who fly with flower as well though. TSA generally doesn’t care and if you’re in a legal state they care zero. But flying out of the country is a whole different ball game. I would never fly with any drugs of any kind outside of the US, that’s just insanity in my opinion.

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u/obsterwankenobster 12d ago

Throwing a vape in your toiletry bag is my limit. I have a “friend” that flew to Vegas with an 8 ball in his mouth. Some of us are just different lol

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u/bigrick23143 12d ago

I know some coke flyers as well. Absolutely insane

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u/Geckohobo 12d ago

With you 100%.

I don't even like travelling from city to city in the UK with anything on me if I can avoid it.

The one time I got caught was travelling by train, and one of the stations I had to change trains at had a team with a dog that alerted on me.

I only had like 2g on me, and I knew if I got caught there'd be no real punishment for it (and there wasn't, they basically just confiscated it, told me "keep it at home" and sent me on my way) but I still feel like a chump for taking an unecessary risk even with such low stakes.

I cannot imagine any combination of circumstances where I'd take that risk as a foreigner in Russia.

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u/beardfacekilla 12d ago

I don't get her gripe... If she broke Russian law by bringing in banned substances... Why would it be on the US government to get her out of it?

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u/warf3re 12d ago

Yea idk why people are choosing to be so ignorant about this. She knowingly brought a banned substance into RUSSIA, which is the worst place to break the law even if it’s stupid for weed. Just don’t do it, it’s not worth it. It’s not up to the USA to fix her problem.

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u/KonradWayne 12d ago

Just nitpicking here, but there are way worse places to break the law than Russia.

Definitely not a good place to do it though.

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u/SirRevan 12d ago

Korea I know is pretty intense.

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u/Bedonkohe 12d ago

SK at least has good relations with America, ofc not NK. Russia is still a awful country to go into altogether

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u/DFWPunk Los Angeles Dodgers 12d ago

I think the main gripe is that, were it not for the war she'd likely have just been deported by now.

But, it's hard to justify telling other countries not to enforce a law we've put probably millions in jail for breaking.

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u/DyZ814 12d ago

It's a shitty situation for sure, but are people just missing this fact? lol

It's not like she was just detained out of nowhere. Whether the reason feels valid or not, there is a reason as to why she's being held.

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u/GhostriderCBX 12d ago

People don’t like facts anymore, didn’t you get the memo.

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u/b_fromtheD 12d ago

WNBA basketball star. Majority of Americans have no idea who she is.

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u/shahoftheworld 12d ago

Is she even a WNBA star? I remember her being a huge deal in college because she could dunk and the combination of a very diluted talent pool in college women's bball and her being physically bigger than everyone allowed her to dominate. But against a more concentrated talent pool like the WNBA, is she really still one of the best?

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u/rip7empty_closets 12d ago edited 12d ago

i believe so, iirc her team also won a championship last season

Correction: her team lost in the finals

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u/BryantBuckets 12d ago

They lost in the finals

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u/Derk08 12d ago

I just remember her calling DeMarcus Cousins "small man" or smth LOL

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u/i_wap_to_warcraft 12d ago

I mean she is probably the most recognized wnba athlete aside from perhaps sue bird. So yeah a star, a seemingly dumb one, but a star nonetheless.

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u/lil_layne 12d ago

Candace Parker is way more popular

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u/Low-iq-haikou 12d ago

I mean most people who follow basketball know who Griner is…there can be multiple stars lol

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u/canman7373 12d ago

IDK, Griner's college career at Baylor was probably the most followed women's NCAA basketball career ever. She was very well known before she ever got into the NBA.

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u/ZiOnIsNeXtLeBrOn 12d ago edited 12d ago

CP3 is a straight up baller. Plus Brittney is an actual idiot for taking drugs into a country that is known for harsh drug laws and being anti drugs. She seriously shouldn’t have been shocked when she got caught.

CP3 is an Old Inside the NBA thing. Where Kevin Garnett had Candice Parker and had CP3 T shirts made

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u/BackJurton 12d ago

What’s Chris Paul got to do with this?

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u/b-aaron Miami Heat 12d ago

is there a WNBA player also nicknamed CP3?? i'm so confused

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u/LuctusStella 12d ago

Maya Moore???

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u/usetheforcekidden77 12d ago Helpful

but… russia detained your wife not the US

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u/No-Winner-9931 12d ago

Clearly she meant she distrusted the US government so much that they blatantly ignored their warning to not travel to Russia.

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u/DuHastMich15 12d ago

Well said.

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u/Skadoosh_it Seattle Seahawks 12d ago

Something something blind rage something blame everyone.

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u/Frigoris13 12d ago

If the US government were so great, they would stop at nothing to absolve my wife of all her actions amidst international disputes against their advice

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u/DBCOOPER888 12d ago edited 12d ago

You should check out the article. She's alleging the US government botched a phone call to her wife because they didn't have anyone at work on a Saturday at the embassy. She just sounds frustrated at the process.

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u/GreatEire 12d ago

Reading a full article?

No, I need to get to my already pre-existing opinion on the situation quickly without having doubt set in my mind that things are more complex than I had imagined.

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u/Mcgoozen 13d ago

Ummm, what about Russia? Or Brittney herself? Lmao

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u/notme2123 12d ago

Whoa there, now hold up just a sec. Are you suggesting someone take personal responsibility for their own deliberate actions? /s

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u/DrJoth 12d ago

I refuse to accept any bad consequences to my actions!

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u/theChinStrikesAgain 12d ago

Does anyone remember when that kid got caned in Singapore for breaking their law? Don't mess around in other countries. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_P._Fay

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u/demonsrunwhen 12d ago

I'm Singaporean. South East Asia is legit with punishment. If you bring drugs, for example, they will hang you. They don't care where you're from. People need to take this seriously.

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u/tsweeney12584 12d ago

Undercook fish? Believe it or not, jail. Overcook chicken? Jail.

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u/BuddhaDBear 12d ago

How can we forget? Michael Fay’s ordeal gave us Weird Al’s amazing take on that song by The Crash Test Dummies song “mmm mmm mmm mmm” (yes that’s the name of the real song)

Crash Test Dummies “mmm mmm mmm mmm”

weird Al version

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u/bjb406 13d ago Silver

Really fuckin stupid take. Its not the US Government that locked her up, and its not the US government that is denying her phone calls, and its not the US government that cut way way back on the number of personnel allowed to be employed by the consulate. Its also not the US government that traveled there against US State Department travel advisories.

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u/thinkofanamefast 12d ago

I just checked if and when the US Govt issued travel advisories about traveling to Russia. One was issued in July of last year, and again in January of 2022, and she was detained a month later. They warned of harrassment of US citizens. I know she was playing for a Russian team, which a lot of players do before the WNBA season starts- they pay big buck over there, but she had warning.

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u/winkofafisheye 12d ago edited 12d ago

Why is earning more money even an excuse? It was a calculated risk on their part.

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u/BrappZanniganAgain 12d ago

This is the part I don’t get. When any corporation keeps doing business and making money with Russia people get rightfully mad and protest their offerings. Why is it just chill that these athletes are playing in Russia because it pays better?

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u/whatsthehappenstance Minnesota Twins 13d ago

Nor did the US Government place illegal (in Russia) drugs in her luggage.

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u/PlatinumLargo 12d ago

That was all Brittney, widely known in AZ she’s a pothead.

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u/SALTYxNUTZ12 12d ago

Nah it's because she can't dunk.

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u/Get-stupid 12d ago Wholesome

But good fundamentals

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u/Rickrickrickrickrick 12d ago

Oh god, you're killing me

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u/Get-stupid 12d ago

Oh God, you’re KILLING me!

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u/madguins 12d ago

I’m a massive stoner and when I went outside the country I brought nothing and didn’t even try to buy. You don’t fuck around with laws outside your own country, especially not in places like that.

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u/PeersPod 12d ago

Yeah wasn’t it not even all of those previous things, it was solely the weed cart she had?

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u/pawnman99 12d ago

Those drugs are also illegal on the federal level in the US.

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u/SubtleScuttler 13d ago

Also not the US government that brought an illegal substance onto a plane in Russia (during fucking war time might I add).

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u/Machine_Dick 12d ago

To be fair I think it was a few days before the invasion. Still stupid

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u/boxjellyfishing 12d ago

Jan 23rd - U.S. Department of State issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory, stating 'DO NOT TRAVEL'. They went on to warn about 'the potential for harassment against U.S. citizens, the embassy’s limited ability to assist U.S. citizens in Russia.'

Brittney Griner was arrested on Feb 17th.

She stuck around weeks after she was warned to leave. While it's unfortunate what is happening to her, it's also hard to feel bad about it either.

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u/kst892 13d ago

and also not the US Government that chose to possess illegal substances while in a country that has much harsher drug laws than the country she openly hates.

Britney and her wife are both morons.

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u/Bmoreravens_1290 12d ago

Right? She trusts the Russian government enough to work there. Maybe that was unsound.

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u/coronavirusrex69 12d ago

Yep. I have zero trust in the US Government too, but I also haven't been smuggling drugs into foreign countries, so I'm currently not locked up abroad.

Brittney's wife should probably get less trust in Brittney considering she is an admitted domestic abuser.

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u/bbbertie-wooster 13d ago edited 13d ago

What is the government supposed to do? Their options are limited

I understand your frustration, and its is a shitty situation all around, but the fact is your wife shouldn't have gone to work in Russia.

That said, assuming the embassy folks knew the call was coming, someone should have been there to answer it.

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u/ELITE_JordanLove 12d ago

Or not tried to bring weed through a Russian airport. Talk about brain dead.

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u/wheretogo_whattodo 12d ago

If the West won’t go to war over Russia invading a sovereign nation, murdering its citizens, throwing them into a mass grave, then kidnapping their children then I don’t think it’s going to war over a single American who willingly chose to travel there.

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u/tykempster 12d ago

Chose to travel there and try to go through an airport with illicit substances. More than innocent travel!

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u/DuHastMich15 12d ago

This should serve as a cautionary tale to all athletes, performers and business types. If you travel to Russia, you might never come back. Oh- China can do the same damn thing if they feel like it, but they actually care about international finance so they are less likely to do so.

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u/DGlen 12d ago

I wouldn't put it past the Saudis either.

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u/KevinDLasagna 12d ago edited 12d ago

Almost this exact scenario happened to the rapper Future. Back in like 2014 or 2015 I think he was destined in I believe Saudi Arabia for 2 months because they found weed crumbs in his backpack.

Edit: pointed out in reply’s but it was actually the producer DJ Esco, who was with future

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u/jackr15 12d ago

It was his collaborator DJ Esco who was detained for a few months & it happened in Dubai. Nothing happened to Future besides having hard drives with hours of music on them confiscated.

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u/palmsquad 12d ago

DJ Esco was detained for 56 nights in Abu Dhabi (hence the name of the mixtape with 808 Mafia and Future)

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u/KevinDLasagna 12d ago

Thank you for clarifying that! I remember hearing about it back when it happened so many of the details are fuzzy lol

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u/Bert_Skrrtz 12d ago

And stay away from Dubai, IIRC correctly there’s a Brit there who failed a drug test for pot. No, he did not actually have any on him, just pissed dirty, and ended up in jail. Think this happened 2-3 years ago

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u/_MCMXCIX 12d ago

Pretty sure the Saudi Arabian government threatened to take the passports of any F1 drivers that didn't want to race in Jeddah after an Aramco plant got attacked while they were in live practice.

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u/bbbertie-wooster 12d ago

Agree. China would happily fuck over american travelers if it had the desire too.

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u/Doggleganger 12d ago

People should be careful about China, but let's not pretend that China is anything on the same level as Russia, North Korea, etc. The U.S. and China has extensive economic connection with the U.S. The two countries are co-dependent. If China arrests U.S. citizens, there's a lot the U.S. could do for leverage, and China has an incentive not to rock the boat too much too.

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u/DuHastMich15 12d ago

I agree. My last sentence was: “…but they actually care about international finance so they are less likely to do so.” Meaning, the Chinese banks and businesses know the financial consequences of doing overly shady stuff with Americans, so they pressure their government not to. After the Ukraine invasion, it was not the CCP but the Chinese multinational corporations that stopped buying from Russia.

The Russian government is a pyramid scheme kleptocracy with Putin at the top. Anyone who strays just might be poisoned, which is why he killed expats in London and elsewhere. Everyone with power in Russia serves at Putins behest. Not so much in China which is more like an Oligarchy. So- we concur.

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u/simplepleashures 12d ago

Jesus Christ there’s a goddamn WAR going on in that region and she thinks the fucking State Department’s priority should be helping her set up a phone call.

Brittney Griner is getting far worse than what she deserves but what she did was FUCKING STUPID and the government doesn’t have magic powers to bail her out of this.

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u/AntonChigur187 12d ago

You know who I don’t trust? A person lacking enough common sense not to enter a shithole like Russia with marijuana.

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u/bluelion70 13d ago

She went to another country and broke the law there, what the fuck does she expect the government to do? Being American doesn’t make you immune to the laws of another nation when you go there.

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u/danimal376 13d ago

I think she (and her wife) have this idea because of her fame she deserves additional support and extraordinary efforts to bring her home.

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u/Desjimbo 12d ago

Shes not even that fuckin famous 😂 imagine if like the dude from Cake Boss got locked up in Russia for weed. Hes more famous than her by a mile and not one person would give a fuck

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u/danimal376 12d ago

That's funny lol. He'd survive in prison because of his hand. He'd just have to say "I'm in prison, so imagine what the other guy looks like."

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u/bluelion70 13d ago

This reminds me of that idiot who went to North Korea with his church, and was locked up for trying to steal a propaganda poster off the wall. He didn’t deserve to die, but at the same time that’s the most predictable result in history. Who the fuck would go to a nation ruled by an authoritarian dictator and then expect just treatment? These people are fucking insane.

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u/SamuraiPanda19 13d ago

Also reminds me of the guy going to north sentinel island

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u/HelloAvram 12d ago

Lol, yeah

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u/I_AmA_Zebra 13d ago

Still not convinced Otto stole that poster. The evidence was dubious at best. I don’t think we’ll ever find out the truth

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u/BigE8986 12d ago

That's certainly possible, but going to North Korea as an American is incredibly stupid.

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u/bluelion70 13d ago

That’s fair. But at the same time, being imprisoned and beaten to death for no reason is exactly what I’d expect to happen if I went to North Korea, which is why I have no intention of ever doing so. Even if he didn’t do anything wrong at all, wtf did he expect to happen?

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u/bbbertie-wooster 13d ago

he shouldn't have been there in the first place.

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u/Clemenx00 12d ago

She probably would get that extra mile of support if she was actually famous.

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u/Tom_ace69 12d ago

Bingo. It’s the WNBA. They have to give tickets away.

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u/Capital_Routine6903 Atlanta Braves 12d ago

Ironically it is because her fame she is being used as a political pawn

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u/danimal376 12d ago

I agree with that. If you or I were in her situation, sure we'd get arrested but it would be nothing like her situation. That still doesn't change the fact the US governments response should not be any different than any other US citizen breaking the law in a foreign country.

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u/Rubberbabybuggybum New York Yankees 12d ago

Not that I’m saying she’s not guilty, but it’s the Russian government.

They’re corrupt as all fuck.

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u/TimonLeague 13d ago

Well thats because you are in a RUSSIAN jail

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u/WhoaItsCody Kansas City Chiefs 12d ago

She chose to go, chose to bring shit, chose not to read about the possibility of getting caught.

Gets caught.

Blames the government.

How the fuck do people think the world works? We can’t just go to every single country where an American is being held, and just..get them back.

You broke their laws..but she wants special treatment because sports.

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u/SyntheticOne 12d ago

If true, stating zero trust in the only hope she has seems poorly thought through.

I hope that she is freed, unhurt, but it is painful watching the prisoner reinforce the bars.

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u/justduett Mississippi State 13d ago

Sure sure, but that is beside the point in this case. /s

The US Gov't did not do anything that has caused or extended this situation, but deflect blame all you want, Cherelle.

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u/LordBpicks Milwaukee Bucks 13d ago

anyones fault but you ig right

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u/TL44077 12d ago

She shouldn’t have went over there. IMO

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u/athura22 12d ago

Why is it the US that is responsible for her having hash in a country that frowns heavily on that shit. Do you know what else Russian government can’t stand.. gays and lesbians. Sounds like she was working in the wrong country

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u/ExcellentGarbage23 12d ago

This is Brittney Griner's fault, don't try to smuggle drugs

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u/Money_Butterscotch68 12d ago edited 12d ago

What a dumb, entitled statement. Point your finger at the only folks who can help you, and it’s not even their doing isn’t how you get help.

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u/JurijFedorov Barcelona 12d ago

There are plenty of Americans in prisons all over the world. Most don't have the luxury of being rich and semi-famous to get this media exposure and get extra help. Most are also guilty. Some are of course not which is why you need to avoid countries like China and Russia.

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u/DrMaxCoytus 13d ago edited 12d ago

Haha all because they missed a phone call. Nevermind the fact that this is literally all Brittney's fault. I guess you gotta stand by your spouse but have a little humility good lord.

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u/Pearlbarleywine 12d ago

“I find it unacceptable, and I have zero trust in our government right now. 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?”

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u/ELITE_JordanLove 12d ago

We won’t lmao. They want an arms dealer in exchange. No fucking way that’s worth it for some random US citizen.

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u/Skinix1414 12d ago

What about trust in your wife to obey foreign laws and policies?

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u/TastiestPenguin Philadelphia Phillies 12d ago

The US Government did not 1.) Tell her to be a professional basketball player 2.) tell her to work in Russia 3.) put illegal drugs in her suit cause when leaving a country that wants to ruined Americans lives

Crazy how it’s not at all their problem

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u/Jwallthemonster 12d ago

That's okay we have zero trust you know how to make good decisions

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u/StressedTest 12d ago

Moral of the story... DO NOT GO TO RUSSIA.

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u/PubicGalaxies 12d ago

Zero trust? Yeah that’ll encourage everyone to try even harder. Dumbass. You’re worried and sick, got it. But Putin hates our fucking guts right now - good - and the Ukraine situation involves a lot more people, also innocent.

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u/Kozak170 12d ago

Oh no, it’s the consequences of my actions

Time to pull the “America bad” card for internet sympathy

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u/TheLordOfZero 12d ago

Because it's the US government fault that your wife fucked up?

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u/WheelChair_Jimmy1 12d ago

Why is it the US governments responsibility to cover for one of its citizens? Do we expect any SINGLE one of us to get the same attention/outcry? Probably not. Like it or not, Griner broke a law. No matter what you think of marijuana, she took it into a place it wasn’t allowed… mistake. It’s not an “illegal detention”, she broke a fucking law. No sympathy

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u/suprememontana 12d ago

Not very bright are we

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u/mongoosefist 12d ago

Sounds like neither of them married the other for their intelligence

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u/keltoy1549 12d ago

Why did she bring drugs?

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u/Old_Leather 12d ago

Then don’t do illegal things in foreign countries!

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u/JerHat 12d ago

Especially when the US State department strongly advises against traveling there.

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u/CBalsagna 12d ago

How the fuck do you fly to russia with some CBD or worse on you. Like, what a complete idiot.

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u/badkarmavenger 12d ago

If I show up in a country and break their laws then I know I'm risking an arrest. Unfortunately I'm not famous enough for my country to try to bail me out.

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u/tinopa6872 12d ago

I tried to call my doctors office the day they were closed and nobody answered. Now I have 0 trust in them! (See how silly this sounds?)

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u/BehindApplebees 12d ago

Fuck Russia, don't blame the US when you go to a hostile country, especially when reports of Russian invasion imminent were coming out

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u/Suspicious_Poem8697 12d ago

Well I guess the pair deserve each other. She trashed the US and I bet now she is wishing she was here and her wife thinks the US govt should trade her for a Fricken arms dealer. Unbelievable.

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u/ocalabull 12d ago

Travels to Russia, has something on her possession that’s illegal, gets caught in a very strict country. I fail to see how this is the US’s fault.

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u/Standby4Rant 12d ago

If you go to Russia and get arrested, that's on you. Don't go to hostile nations unless you are willing to accept the risk.

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u/robtbo 12d ago

She wasn’t kidnapped… she was arrested for doing something illegal.

The US government isnt worried about her

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u/dukefan15 13d ago

We could end up trading them Viktor Bout for her release and her and her wife would still hate America and say we didn’t do enough

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u/muddog_31 12d ago

Don’t break foreign laws folks!

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u/AzHighways 12d ago

Didn't she knowingly break the drug laws of another country? What did she expect?

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u/Ladodgersfans 12d ago

Exactly. I have little sympathy for her.

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u/DirtysMan 12d ago

Yes, it’s the US government’s fault that your wife went to a genocidal, monstrous dictatorship’s country for a payday who decided to use your wife as a trading chip for one of the most heinous war criminals in the world.

It’s not your wife’s fault, of course, for taking that blood money. It’s the US government’s fault for not trading the “Merchant of Death” for her so you and she can be paid blood money.

And if Saudi Arabia kills Phil Mickelson, that’ll be the US government’s fault too right? Didn’t help his entitled ass profit off of genocide either.

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u/BreatheMyStink 12d ago

Maybe your moron wife shouldn’t have smuggled drugs into one of the harshest police states on Earth…

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u/mechanab 13d ago

The US government does not generally expend a lot of resources on people who are charged with drug crimes in foreign countries.

I don’t know how Russia normally handles these types of crimes, but some countries have quite severe penalties.

LPT: Don’t break the laws of totalitarian dictatorships, especially those antagonistic to your home country.

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u/ElLoboLives 12d ago

Id respectfully tell my wife to shit the fuck up

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u/Connormcbreezy 12d ago

I also have zero trust in the US govt but she's mad at the wrong party here.

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u/BobKillsNinjas 12d ago

Now I don't want to seem insensitive...

...but shes the one who took drugs into Russia while tensions are high, and I don't feel we owe this girl anything on the scale of what Putin wants.

Sorry Brittney, but you fucked the dog here, and you are probly gonna have to deal with it.

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u/Austin08781 12d ago

Ironically for her to be extradited, I think we need less news about her, so Russia has less leverage to trade for her.

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u/DDS-PBS 12d ago

There's a reason why I won't travel to quite a few countries. Would it be really neat to witness Pyongyang first hand? Hell yeah. Would I ever do it, even for free? Nope. Why? Because I don't want to become a political prisoner.

Choices have consequences. I hope she's released, but I don't feel bad for her.

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u/Emotional_Award_6420 12d ago

I have "zero trust" in idiots who bring illegal substances across international borders.

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u/KoonFlakes 12d ago

That’s going to bring her back faster. Great going, bozo

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u/Fresh-Yesterday 12d ago

I mean… who watches the WNBA?

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u/XX_DarkWarrior_XX 12d ago

She's blaming the government because her wife is a fucking idiot?

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u/eightezsteps 12d ago

What I don’t get is the expectation of the sports world and sports media that the government must intervene and do something to get her out. She went to Russia, a crazy former communist country that’s in the midst of war, with dab pens or cartridges or whatever and didn’t think she’d get caught? Maybe I’m insensitive but if you can’t do the time then don’t do the crime 🤷‍♂️ People just don’t understand how good we have it here in the US.

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u/nachofermayoral 12d ago

And I have zero trust in her to comprehend the situation that her partner is in right now.

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u/Whistler1968 12d ago

Go join her in Russia then....please.

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u/mookene 12d ago

Why is this on the government? No one made Brittney Gainer try to smuggle illegal drugs through customs in a country that really has zero tolerance for drugs… So is Brittney special because she plays in the WNBA? You’d think if you got paid a million dollars to play in someone else’s country, they’d know/follow their laws and none of the other wnba players had issues leaving Russia/Ukraine. Talk about being entitled…

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u/DaveInDigital 12d ago

i'm still kinda surprised a gay athlete would play in a country that is far from LGBTQ friendly

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u/PainfullyAverageUser 12d ago

Honestly, what does she want them to do? From what I understand Russia wants one thing. The arms dealer. Does she really think any government would make that deal? Even if so, how could you sleep at night knowing that a mass murderer is now free because you wanted to sneak some illicit drugs around Russia?

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u/funksoldier83 12d ago

Should weed be illegal in any country? No. Should you travel with it, internationally, to or from an infamous police state where it is extremely illegal? No. That is something only a true fucking idiot would do. Like an extremely low-IQ and/or incredibly entitled moron. I do hope she finds her way home eventually and safely because I’m not rooting for her to suffer, but the manufactured outrage is pathetic.

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u/worktogethernow 12d ago

Who trusts the US government? I am pretty sure the US government doesn't trust the US government.

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u/Bhen1 12d ago

Oh that’s fine. Maybe don’t smuggle drugs into foreign countries. And not foreign countries we are conflicting with. But hey the celebrity money and status means you get to do whatever you want. Get fucked loser

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u/SALTYxNUTZ12 12d ago

How the US government gonna show up when people don't even show up to watch WNBA games?

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u/Barbourwhat 12d ago

Someone who insisted the US is inherently evil got arrested in another country and then her partner is pissed that the evil country isn’t coming to the rescue. The hypocrisy is at another level by these idiots.

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u/sikjoven 12d ago

I have no pity for this woman.

She spread lies about the Olympic pay between men and women to make it seem like they were getting the shaft.

She refused to play anywhere in the US cause she couldn’t keep her mouth shut even after losing in court and being exposed as a fraud.

So she goes to Russia to play basketball and is so fucking full of herself, still thinks she can do anything she wants.

She needs to disappear into obscurity for once and for all. Let her rot in Russia.

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u/muroks1200 12d ago

I have zero trust in people who go to sketchy places and do dumb shit.

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u/lawjudgw81 12d ago

She makes it really hard to support her

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u/Carp8DM 12d ago

Next time, dont' take fucking drugs over seas.

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u/trigrhappy 12d ago Helpful

So wait.... This person who has shit talked and insulted her own country for years, went to one of our adversaries, broke their laws, and has been imprisoned there..... for free?

I'm not sure why someone who has denigrated her country would think the country would go out of its way to get her back. They can have her.

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u/rossmosh85 12d ago

She went the Russia after the war broke out, right?

That says enough about how much common sense she has.

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u/Jingleheimer_smyth 12d ago

Google says she was arrested On Feb 17th and Russia invaded on the 24th

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u/dirtmcgirt16 12d ago

Make her play Boogie for her freedom

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u/noyrb1 12d ago

Um what about Russia?

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u/XD__XD 12d ago

dont bite the hand that feeds...otherwise she might be taking an extended vacation... building roads in russia

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u/Ben92 12d ago

I also have zero trust in the US government, but not because of this. This is her own damn fault.