Love and basketball Britney Griner – one of the best athletes in the WNBA – and she always has a lover, Sherel Grinercheering her on.
The Olympic gold medalist and teacher met as students at Baylor University in Texas, while Britney was making a name for herself as one of the best college basketball players of all time. However, they only started dating years later, when they met again after the athlete broke up with his first wife. Glory Johnson.
“I will never forget the day I met you in Baylor, in the subdistrict!” Britney wrote on Instagram in June 2020: “You patted me on the shoulder and said I took your milkshake (still up for debate lol) and I was immediately blown away by your beauty! You had no idea, but I knew you were for me, baby. You stuck with me at the lowest level and at the highest!”
The Phoenix Mercury Center proposed to Sherrell in August 2018, and the couple tied the knot almost a year later. Since then, the couple has repeatedly bragged about each other on social media, sharing vacation snaps and celebrating milestones in their relationship.
“Every day with you is exciting, but when I can celebrate your life and all that you are, it’s just breathtaking ❤️!” Britney took to Instagram in July 2020 to celebrate her husband’s birthday. “To many more my love.”
In 2022, the couple made world news when the basketball star was detained in Russ*a on charges of drug possession. Brittney was in the country playing for the Euroleague team UMMC Yekaterinburg during the WNBA off-season.
By the time the news broke in the US in March 2022, Britney had already been in custody for two weeks. Officials were initially concerned that an aggressive response could hurt her chances of a safe return amid Russ*a’s conflict with Ukra*ne, but in May 2022, the US State Department said Russ*a had “wrongfully detained” the Texas native.
“This is an absolutely unimaginable situation for BG,” the WNBA commissioner said. Cathy Engelbert said Time after reclassification by the State Department. “Not a day goes by that I don’t work on it in some way. That her case was referred to a section of the State Department called the President’s Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs was a truly positive development. When you get that designation of detention not in the best conditions, they have shown success in taking people out.”
Sherel, for her part, supported her wife from afar, sharing videos of Britney’s time on the court on social media. “Thank you to everyone who contacted me about the safe return of my wife from Russ*a,” she wrote on Instagram in March 2022. We greatly appreciate your prayers and support. I love my wife with all my heart, so this message comes at one of the weakest moments in my life.”
In December 2022, Sherel shone in the White House as president. Joe Biden announced that her wife had been released from custody in Russ*a.
“After several months of unfair detention in Russ*a under unbearable circumstances, Britney will soon be back in the arms of her loved ones, and she should have been there all this time,” Biden said during a press release in his capacity as Sherel and vice president. Kamala Harris stood next to him.
“This is the day we have been longing for. We never stopped pushing for her release,” he added.
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