Ben Crump, a widely known civil rights lawyer, is pleading with more NBA players to talk out in support of Brittney Griner, hoping that their voices would assist in bringing the WNBA star back to the US.
The attorney discussed Griner with the media earlier this week in Washington D.C., and he made it plain that if a number of the NBA’s biggest stars showed support for Griner, it is likely to be of profit.
“I feel the NBA players must be saying more,” Crump said in an interview with TMZ Sports.
“I feel that the sports world must be saying more.”
As TMZ Sports previously reported, Griner admitted admission to drug charges in a Russian tribunal on Thursday, and he or she now faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Griner‘s legal team expressed optimism that the authorities can be lenient with the sentence because she accepted responsibility for her crimes.
“She’s getting used as a political pawn,” Crump added.
He’s now pleading with everyone with a platform to talk out because he thinks a major public outcry will help the basketball player return quickly.
“It will be a travesty of justice for her not to return home soon,” he said.