Curt Schilling does not have a lot of sympathy for Brittney Griner.
Griner has been incarcerated in Russia since February after authorities said they found cannabis vape cartridges in her baggage at the airport in Moscow. Last week, LeBron James said on his show “The Shop” that he was not sure if he’d want to return to America given it has not seemed like they have had her “back” in securing her release. James later clarified the remark by saying it was not a shot at our “beautiful country” but that these were thoughts that would go through his mind if he were in his place.
“I know this may seem like a stretch,” Schilling tweeted in response to James. “But something like 300 million people understand ‘OBEY THE F–KING LAW’, why is that such a challenge? And why on earth should she NOT pay the penalty for breaking another country’s laws?”
Responding to a reply about how Russia has a 97 percent conviction rate, Schilling wrote“She, as far as I know from every quote of hers, has NEVER denied committing the crime, not once.”
Schilling, the 55-year-old former MLB star pitcher, continued to blame Griner for her predicament.
“You do understand she was arrested going INTO Russia right?” Hey asked. “Where, and they warn athletes every single year, you don’t f–k around.”
Another responder said that Griner only had low amounts of cannabis and that the penalty should have been a fine and not jail time.
“Really? Are you quoting American law here? You aren’t you?” Schilling asked. “Because she was arrested in Russia after breaking Russian law. Corrupt ass country but they (American athletes) are always lectured about ‘when in Rome do as Romans do’. This wasn’t her 1st go around with customs.”
The US State Department has considered Griner as wrongfully detained, and the Biden administration has said that her release is a priority.
Griner’s incarceration comes as Russia and the United States have poor relations, with Russia having invaded Ukraine and the United States backing Ukraine financially. Russian state media has broached the subject of a prisoner swap involving Griner and an arms trader named Viktor Bout, whose nickname is the “Merchant of Death.”
Bout was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2012.