Brittney Griner Reveals Suicidal Thoughts During Russian Detention in First Interview Since Release

Brittney Griner Reveals Suicidal Thoughts During Russian Detention in First Interview Since Release
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In a recent inter­view with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, WNBA star Brit­tney Griner opened up about her men­tal health strug­gles dur­ing her 10-month deten­tion in Russia.

Griner revealed that she con­tem­plat­ed sui­cide mul­ti­ple times in the ini­tial weeks of her imprisonment.

“I want­ed to take my life more than once in the first weeks,” Griner shared. “I felt like leav­ing here so badly.” 

She explained that part of her deci­sion not to take her own life stemmed from fears that Russ­ian author­i­ties would­n’t release her body to her family.

Griner’s inter­view marks the first time she has pub­licly dis­cussed the details of her time in Russ­ian jail, fol­low­ing her 2022 arrest on drug-relat­ed charges. 

Her incar­cer­a­tion gar­nered glob­al atten­tion and spurred diplo­mat­ic nego­ti­a­tions between the Unit­ed States and Rus­sia, ulti­mate­ly result­ing in her release in a pris­on­er exchange.

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