Having changed his mind, D. Rodman will not go to Russia to save B. Griner

She was sentenced to nine years in prison in Russia for transporting narcotics Brittney Griner could receive unexpected help.

A former player of the National Basketball Association (NBA) was ready to save her Dennis Rodman, who has not shied away from politics in recent years. Aukštaūgis said that he had received permission to travel to Russia and negotiate the basketball player’s situation, although he did not elaborate with whom he would negotiate and whose permission he received.

D. Rodman, who calls himself a basketball ambassador, was going to go to Russia in the next week.

However, the spokesperson of the United States of America (US) State Department, Ned Price, assured that D. Rodman would conduct the negotiations unofficially and encouraged him to abandon such an idea, as it could only compromise the process. The former athlete listened to this and told ABC News that he had abandoned his plans to go to Russia.

Surprisingly, D. Rodman already has experience in trying to rescue a person trapped in a hostile state. In 2014, he helped free missionary Kenneth Bae, who was imprisoned in North Korea.

The basketball player is known for his good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In the past, he has also met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and gave positive feedback about him. The last time he visited Russia was in December 2014, when the annexation of Crimea had already begun, and the US authorities, due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine this year, are limiting political contacts and encouraging them not to go to these countries.

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