Superstar LeBron James criticises the USA for standing idly by in the case of basketball player Britney Griner. LeBron has a clear demand.

Superstar LeBron James has criticised the US for its handling of the case of basketball player Brittney Griner, who was detained in Russia.

“How can she feel like America is behind her now?” said James in a trailer for his talk show “The Shop: Uninterrupted”, “I would ask myself, ‘Do I even want to go back to America?'” The full show is due out on Friday.

James later classified his words via Twitter: “My comment on “The Shop” regarding Brittney Griner was not a criticism of our beautiful country,” the 37-year-old wrote: “I was simply saying how she probably feels emotionally, along with so many other emotions and thoughts – in this cage she’s been in for over 100 days. Long story short: #BringHerHome.

Griner was arrested at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on 17 February and has since become a political pawn, not least because of heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow over Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.

The athlete is accused of carrying vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage. Griner faces a sentence of up to ten years in prison.

In the meantime, Griner had pleaded guilty in court. However, the two-time Olympic champion claimed that she had not intentionally violated Russian law.

Griner: Biden assures help

Last week, US President Biden had assured that he would work for her “release as quickly as possible”. Griner was “unjustly imprisoned under intolerable circumstances”, the statement from Washington said.

The professional league WNBA had already criticised the US government’s behaviour.

Vanessa Nygaard, Griner’s coach with the Phoenix Mercury, had said the previous week: “If it was LeBron, he would be home, right? It’s a statement about the value of women. It’s a statement about the value of a black person. It’s a statement about the value of a gay person. All these things. We know that and that’s what hurts a bit more.”