Outkick host and Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren has some words for WNBA player Brittney Griner after she was released last week from Russian custody.
Lahren’s remarks focused primarily on the basketball player’s past antics, which many critics saw as patently anti-American.
You may recall that Griner was arrested on a drug charge in Russia earlier this year, but before then, she developed a reputation for protesting the National Anthem before games along with several other WNBA players during the 2020 season, refusing to stand when it was played.
Later, Griner said she did not believe the anthem should be played before any games.
Lahren took Griner and the Biden administration to task over the trade for her and a notorious Russian arms dealer, Viktor Bout.
“The Biden Administration compromised our national security by releasing a Russian arms dealer nicknamed the merchant of death, all to get back WNBA player Brittney Griner who hates- or at least hated- America,” Lahren said. “As an American, I want to see all Americans return home safely and securely. That’s why I also find it odd that former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan — another prisoner stranded in Russia — was passed over!
“I guess it pays to be a celebrity who plays sports,” Lahren continued. “Regardless of how I feel, the deal is done. Now, my only hope is that Brittney Griner will return home to the USA — the greatest nation on the face of the earth, with a heart full of gratitude, legs ready to stand for the anthem, and lungs ready to belt out that Star Spangled Banner- and from the rooftops.
“I hope she’s learned that the nation she once found so reprehensible and oppressive is not only her saving grace but a damn good place to call home. She- like the rest of us- is privileged to be an American,” Lahren continued, adding: “Welcome home, Brittney, and God bless America. Am I right?”