Brittney Griner issue elicits global response

Evan Gershkovich, an American who works for the Wall Street Journal, was arrested in Russia last week and charged with spying for the US government.

Since this is a personal matter for WNBA star Brittney Griner and her wife Cherelle Griner, they didn't waste any time calling for his release in public.

On Sunday, Brittney Griner and her sister Cherelle Griner put out a statement on social media in which they asked the U.S. to "do everything we can" to get their brother out of Russia.

Since Evan was taken into custody in Russia, our hearts are full of worry for him and his family, said the statement. "We must do everything we can to get him and every other American back home

We're glad that President Biden and his government are doing so much to help Americans. We're happy that they were able to bring Jeff Woodke and Paul Rusesabagina home.

"We have to fight for every American who is taken, and every American who is returned is a win for all of us.

That's why we want our supporters to celebrate the successes and push the government to utilize every tool to return Evan and other unfairly imprisoned Americans home.”

It was a pretty bold statement, but not everyone liked how Brittney Griner got involved. Even so, Griner did have some supporters who spoke up for her.

Griner was let out of jail in exchange for the Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was already in jail. In this case, it might be possible to make a trade like that.