Roy Jones Jr says he is working to secure the release of Brittney Griner from Russian detention
Roy Jones Jr (L) holds Russian and American citizenship. © Joe Scarnici / Getty Images for Triller
Former boxing champion and pound-for-pound great Roy Jones Jr, who is a joint United States and Russian citizen, says he is working to secure the release of women’s basketball star Brittney Griner who has been detained in Russia for several months after she was allegedly caught attempting to bring cannabis ‘vape’ cartridges into the country.
Jones, who has previously met with Russian president Vladimir Putin, told TMZ Sports that he is hoping to travel to the country to personally oversee the release of Griner.
Griner’s case has grown some considerable steam in recent weeks as an array of basketball stars in the United States participated in a concerted social media campaign designed to put pressure on the Russian authorities to allow her release, even with reports indicating she could face as many as 10 years in a Russian prison.
But as Jones Jr told TMZ Sports, petitioning for her return to the United States has become personal to him.
“Would I put my life on the line, take a chance to go to Russia to exchange prisoners? Yes, I would,” said Jones.
“Because if [Brittney] was my daughter, I would want somebody to do the same thing for me.”