Curt Schilling scolds LeBron James about Brittney Griner

Curt Schilling scolds LeBron James about Brittney Griner

Curt Schilling doesn’t have much sympathy for Brittney Griner.

Griner has been jailed in Russia since February after authorities said they found cannabis vape cartridges in her luggage at Moscow airport. Last week, LeBron James said on his show The Shop that he wasn’t sure if he wanted to return to America as it didn’t appear they had their “back” in securing her release. James later clarified the remark by saying it wasn’t a shot at our “beautiful country” but that those were thoughts that would go through his mind if he were in their place.

“I know this may seem like a stretch,” Schilling said tweeted in reply to James. “But about 300 million people understand OBEY THE F-KING LAW, why is that such a challenge? And why on earth should she NOT pay the fine for breaking the laws of another country?”

In response to a response to the fact that Russia has a 97 percent conviction rate, Schilling said wrote“She, as far as I know from every quote of hers, NEVER denied committing the crime, not once.”

Curt Schilling has no sympathy for Brittney Griner's predicament.
Curt Schilling has no sympathy for Brittney Griner’s predicament.
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Schilling, the 55-year-old former MLB heavyweight pitcher, continued to blame Griner for their predicament.

“You understand that she was arrested when she went to Russia, right?” he asked. “Wo, and they warn athletes every year, don’t f-k around.”

Another responder said that Griner only had small amounts of cannabis and that the penalty should have been a fine, not jail time.

LeBron James playing in a Drew League game on July 16, 2022.
LeBron James playing in a Drew League game on July 16, 2022.
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“Really? Are you citing American law here? Aren’t you?” Schilling asked. “Because she was arrested in Russia after violating Russian law. Corrupt ass country, but they (American athletes) are always lectured about “if they do in Rome as the Romans do”. This wasn’t her first attempt at customs.”

The US State Department has deemed Griner wrongly imprisoned, and the Biden administration has said its release is a priority.

Griner’s imprisonment comes as Russia and the United States have bad relations, as Russia invaded Ukraine and the United States is providing financial support to Ukraine. Russian state media have raised the subject of a prisoner swap involving Griner and an arms dealer named Viktor Bout, whose nickname is “Dealer of Death.”

Brittney Griner arrives at Khimki Court outside Moscow on June 27, 2022.
Brittney Griner arrives at Khimki Court outside Moscow on June 27, 2022.
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Bout was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2012.

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