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Lakers’ LeBron James pokes fun at Brittney Griner’s comments again

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Lakers star LeBron James has not commented on the outrageous nine-year prison sentence handed down to WNBA star Brittney Griner by the Russian government for cannabis possession. He last spoke about Griner on his show The Shop on HBO last month — before Griner was sentenced — but he still takes criticism for his response to the situation.

Most recently, it was from Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, who wrote on Twitter that James was among the “fools” who criticized the US for not making sure Griner was brought home.

Portnoy wrote: “This story is ridiculous and sad. Even more ridiculous are fools (like Lebron) who somehow blame the United States. It’s stories like this that should make everyone realize how lucky we are to live here, even though this country can be so shitty at times.”

Speaking on the subject, James wondered how Griner must have felt about being abandoned in a foreign country and if she wanted to return to the United States afterwards.

“I’ve tried to imagine it and it’s hard for me to even empathize with what she’s going through,” James said in The Shop. “Like she’s such a great person. A great person. Apparently I’ve been in her presence a few times. You always feel, you know, when you come from a certain place, you always feel like they have your back. And in a way, how could she feel like America had her back now? I would think, ‘Do I even want to go back to America?’ If I’ve been gone more than 130 days. And I felt like it was zero fuss.”

James got backlash for those comments at the time and tried to bring them back in a social media post.

He wrote on Twitter: “My comments on ‘The Shop’ regarding Brittney Griner have not blown our beautiful country,” James wrote on social media. “I was just saying how she’s probably feeling emotionally along with so many other emotions, thoughts etc in this cage she’s been in for over 100 days! Long story short #BringHerHome.”

Griner was arrested in Russia on February 17, just days before the country began its war with Ukraine. She was flown to the country for her WNBA offseason stint with BC UMMC Ekaterinburg in Yekaterinburg, part of Russia’s Premier League.

James, too, has been repeatedly used as a comparison to Griner for those who advocate that the US government do more to bring Griner home.

Former NBA center-turned-LeBron James troll Enes Kanter suggested James trade for Griner. write on twitter“Take your freedom for granted.”

Last month, Vanessa Nygaard, Griner’s coach with the Phoenix Mercury, slammed the US government for its inaction on the situation, saying, “If it was LeBron, he would be home, right?”

That was a much repeated feeling. Former NBA assistant coach (now Las Vegas Aces head coach) Becky Hammon, who gained Russian citizenship and played for the Russia national team at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, this week implored President Vladimir Putin to “do the right thing.” and added the comparison to James.

“However, it’s hard to imagine that if this were LeBron James, he would still be in a jail cell over there. Maybe it could be him. Maybe not. I do not know. But it’s hard not to let your mind go there,” Hammon said in an interview with Reuters.

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