Steph Curry says US government tried to silence him about Brittney Griner


Everyone knows Steph Curry is hard to stop on the court.

He also knows his voice can’t be stopped regarding social and legal justice, including Brittney Griner’s detainment in Russia.

Curry, in a Rolling Stone October issue cover story, published on Monday, said the Biden administration rebuffed his offer to help with efforts to gain the Phoenix Mercury All-Star’s release.

 Griner was convicted on drug smuggling charges and sentenced to nine years on Aug. 4. She was arrested for being caught with cannabis oil cartridges at a Moscow airport security on Feb. 17, and was deemed wrongfully detained by the Biden administration in May. 

When Griner was in pretrial detention, Curry said he reached out to his contacts in the Biden administration, and he said they rejected his extended olive branch amid Russian prison-swap negotiations.

“They were telling us, ‘Don’t say anything,'” Curry said.

Read more: Brittney Griner’s lawyers appeal nine-year Russian prison sentence

The NBA front office was initially in lockstep with the U.S. government about keeping its players mum regarding Griner’s case. But the league’s players and coaches, including the Phoenix Suns, have been vocal about Griner since May.

Curry began discussing his views about Griner’s case during an on-air ESPN interview with Malika Andrews in June, in which he said, “It’s an unfortunate situation, it’s a tragedy. … She needs to be home.”

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