The eccentric former NBA star, Dennis Rodmann, stated that he wants to travel to Russia to contribute to the release of American basketball player Brittney Griner as reported this Sunday NBC.
The television network reported that Dennis Rodman hoped to fly to Russia in the coming week in an attempt to help Griner, who was sentenced to nine years in prison by a Moscow court earlier this month for illegal drug possession and trafficking.
“I have permission to go to Russia to help that girl”Rodman told the NBC. “I’m trying to go this week.”
The former Chicago Bulls player made these statements in a Washington restaurant where he was attending a sportswear convention and did not provide further details of the eventual trip, according to the chain.
In a statement, a senior Joe Biden administration official said that “it is public information that the administration has made a significant offer to the Russians and anything else other than continuing to negotiate through the established channel is likely to complicate and hamper liberation efforts“.
Dennis Rodman, 61, has a history of unconventional forays into geopolitical affairs. The winner of five NBA rings drew a relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong A during the last decade and made several trips to that country.
He also moved to Singapore in 2018 when Kim Jong A met with then US President Donald Trump.
In the case of Russia, Rodman has had words of praise for the president Vladimir Putin, whom in 2014 he described as “really cool” after the two met in Moscow.
Griner, 31, was detained at a Moscow airport in February with a vaporizer containing cannabis-based liquid.
The athlete, two-time Olympic gold medalist and champion of the WNBA women’s league, acknowledged having been in possession of that substance, stating that took her to Russia by mistake and that he used it legally in the United States as an analgesic.
The member of the Phoenix Mercury had traveled to Russia to play in that league during the WNBA offseason.