Eccentric ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman plans to travel to Russia to work on the release of WNBA player Britney Greener, NBC News reported Sunday (Aug. 21).
According to the channel, Dennis Rodman said he hopes to fly to Russia this week to help basketball player Griner, who was sentenced by a Russian court to nine years in prison for selling cannabis.
“I got permission to go to Russia to help this girl,” Rodman told NBC. I’m trying to go there this week,” he said, without going into details.
In a statement to AFP, a senior official in Joe Biden’s government expressed concern that “anything that does not enter into continued negotiations through the established channel could complicate and hinder release efforts.”
At 61, the five-time NBA champion is not making his first geopolitical upheaval.
He was close to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and visited the reclusive country several times. He was also in Singapore in 2018 during the summit between Kim Jong Un and former US President Donald Trump.
Dennis Rodman met Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2014 in Moscow, calling him “really cool”.
In jail since February
Considered one of the best female basketball players in the world, Britney Griner, 31, was arrested in February in Moscow for possession of a cannabis-based vaporizer.
Since his arrest, Moscow and Washington have been discussing a possible prisoner swap despite tensions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.