A prominent athlete is working to help Brittney Griner break free

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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 10: Brittney Griner #42 and Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury react to a second half foul call during the game against the Chicago Sky at the Footprint Center on October 10, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Mike Mattina/Getty Images)

As efforts to bring WNBA star Brittney Griner home safely continue, a boxing legend has reportedly been actively working to bring center Phoenix Mercury home.

Per TMZ, Roy Jones Jr., who holds both U.S. and Russian citizenship, is working behind the scenes to free Griner from his prolonged detention in the foreign country.

Going so far as to say that he himself would travel to Moscow to escort the seven-time All-Star home.

“Would I put my life on the line, would I try to go to Russia to swap prisoners? Yes, I would,” the Hall of Fame boxer told the outlet. “Because if [Brittney] was my daughter, I wish someone would do the same for me.”

Brittney Griner has been locked up in Russia for almost four months now. And according to her agent, she didn’t even get a phone call.

Griner was arrested by authorities at an airport for allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs (hash oil) into the country.

The US State Department has already called his situation a “wrongful detention” and there has been a nationwide groundswell to ensure Griner returns to America safe and sound.

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