Brittney Griner's wife on Russian prison sentence: 'It feels to me as if she's a hostage'

Phoenix Mercury Center wife Brittney Griner says she fears for her spouse after the WNBA superstar was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison after being convicted of drug possession.
Cherelle Griner spoke to CBS Mornings for an interview scheduled to air Thursday.
Griner was convicted last month after Russian authorities said she was found at Sheremetyevo Airport outside Moscow in February with vape cartridges in her carry-on luggage.
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"It's like a movie to me," said Cherelle Griner. "In no world did I ever think that our President and a President of a foreign nation would sit down to discuss my wife's freedom. As much as everyone tells me a different definition of what BG is, it feels like she's a hostage to me."
WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted out of a courtroom after a hearing outside Moscow in August.
"It scares me because sometimes when you watch movies, those situations don't end well," she continued. "Sometimes they never get the person back.
"This is my life so I'm sitting there wondering will we get her back, will I ever see my wife again? It's scary."
Griner, an eight-time, seven-time WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist, is scheduled to hear her appeal Oct. 25.
President Joe Biden met with Cherelle Griner and the player's agent last month, and the US government has repeatedly said that Griner was "wrongly arrested."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Brittney Griner's wife, Cherelle, on the WNBA star's Russian prison sentence
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