Brittney Griner’s Book “Coming Home” Details Her Harrowing Experience In Russian Prison

The 33-year-old WNBA player says one of the guards tried to put her in a cell for men.

WNBA star Brittney Griner’s book “Coming Home” hit shelves on May 7, and she recently made an appearance on “The Reid Out” with Joy Reid on MSNBC, where she opened up about her incarceration experience in Russia. 

“I was terrified when I was thinking about going to that jail. Because I was like, ‘What game are they gonna play?’” Griner told Reid. “And I soon found one of the games [was] trying to tell me to go into one of the men’s cells. And I’m like, ‘I’m not going in that cell.’ And then the other guard said something in Russian and shook his hand and then they take me to the women’s side. And I was just, like, ‘See, it’s a game,' you know?”

In her book, “Coming Home,” Griner details her harrowing experience and survival. Griner went from playing in the foreign country for eight seasons and living there for long periods to being in prison there. Griner was jailed after Russian authorities found vape cartridges in her luggage at the Moscow airport. Six months later, she was sentenced to nine years in prison before returning to the U.S. in exchange for imprisoned convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout. She was detained for ten months, some of which was spent in a penal colony outside of Moscow.

Brittney Griner Speaks For the First Time About Her Imprisonment In Russia

In an Instagram post, Griner shares that her book “begins in a land where my roots developed and is the diary of my heartaches and regrets. But, ultimately, the book is also a story of how my family, my faith, and the support of millions who rallied for my rescue helped me endure a nightmare.”

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