NFL reporters callously make gentle of Brittney Griner’s nine-year Russian jail sentence

Proper after WNBA star Brittney Griner was sentenced to 9 years in Russian jail, NFL reporters Ian Rapoport and James Palmer make gentle of her verdict. 

Despite the fact that NFL coaching camps are in full swing, the on-air expertise nonetheless felt they wanted to fill area with their off-the-air conversations. Quickly sufficient, NFL reporters Ian Rapoport, James Palmer and Andrew Siciliano will possible want they stored their business break dialog off the air, as they’re now below lots of fireplace for making gentle of one of the vital harrowing headlines in sports activities right this moment.

Proper after the information broke that WNBA Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner was sentenced to 9 years in Russian jail, Palmer joked about how Rapoport bragged about with the ability to survive in a Russian jail. The timing is suspect, contemplating the announcement of Griner’s verdict, that means that Griner’s destiny someway received changed into a callous sport of who might win their very own “Locked Up Overseas” problem.

For Rapoport to imagine that he can be simply fantastic in Russian jail isn’t solely insensitive — it’s inconceivable. Rapoport and his American cohosts are up to now faraway from the fact that Griner, and different detained Individuals in Russia, at the moment face.

James Palmer, Ian Rapoport joke about surviving Russian jail after Brittney Griner sentencing

Apart from no matter Rapoport imagines as “surviving” a Russian jail entails, this a lot is definite: Rapoport can be dealing with a overseas jail system with out authorized assist or jurisdiction from the USA. Because of this, relying on the crime, Rapoport might doubtlessly face a decade or extra in jail with out the potential for launch, the best way Griner and Paul Whelan are proper now.

Rapoport can be faraway from the comforts of his on a regular basis job, his profitable NFL media paycheck, and his household and family members, the best way Olympic medalist and WNBA champion Griner stays in the interim.

In her emotional plea earlier than the decision and within the letter she lately wrote President Biden, Griner has made it clear that surviving in a Russian jail whereas dealing with a frightening decade-long sentence is terrifying.

For anybody to make gentle of what Griner now faces — along with the opposite Individuals in her state of affairs — isn’t one thing that must be changed into a sport.