Brittney Griner has finally broken her silence since returning from Russia.
The professional basketball player expressed her joy at returning to the United States.
Griner issued a statement on her Instagram page on Friday, December 16, thanking President Joe Biden and everyone else who assisted in her release from Russian custody last week.
Griner acknowledged her wife, her agents, her reps, the WNBA, and more in her note.
She wrote: “It feels so good to be home!”
“The last 10 months have been a battle at every turn,” she added. “I dug deep to keep my faith and it was the love from so many of you that helped keep me going. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone for your help.”
Griner also said in her message that she will play basketball again, insisting she’ll be ready to roll for the Phoenix Mercury this upcoming season.
“I look forward to being able to say ‘thank you’ to those of you who advocated, wrote, and posted for me in person soon,” she said.
Griner – who also shared a photo of the moment she was reunited with her wife – added that she’s going to do everything in her power to help Paul Whelan and other detained Americans return home soon, too.
“Every family deserves to be whole,” she said.