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Brittney Griner recuperates at military medical facility in Texas

Brittney Griner recuperates at military medical facility in Texas

Brittney Griner recuperates at military medical facility in Texas

Brittney Griner recuperates at military medical facility in Texas

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  • Brittney Griner is currently being assessed at a Texas hospital.
  • She was released Thursday in a US-Russian prisoner swap.
  • Her lawyer acknowledged she had to shave her dreadlocks.
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Brittney Griner is currently spending time at a medical facility in Texas before she resumes her regular life after nearly ten months of detention in Russia.

The basketball player arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio early on Friday for a regular assessment; it is unclear how long she would remain there.

She was released Thursday as part of a prisoner swap between the US and Russia for notoriously convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout.

“I’m understanding that it’s going to be a few more days before she gets out,” Bill Richardson, a former New Mexico governor, told Media on Sunday.

Richardson and his center privately work on behalf of families of hostages and detainees. He previously traveled to Russia to discuss Griner’s release, as well that of Paul Whelan, a former US Marine who remains in custody.

After being detained on drug charges at a Russian airport in February and receiving a nine-year prison sentence, Griner’s release through the prisoner exchange took months to negotiate and put an end to months of detention.

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Griner’s current location in Texas is in sharp contrast to the Russian penal colony where she was detained prior to her release.

Griner’s Russian attorney, Maria Blagovolina, confirmed to Media that Griner had to trim her now-famous dreadlocks during her time there in order to make life easier during the harsh Russian winter.

The majority of the women in the correctional colony sewed uniforms, but the 6-foot-9 Olympic gold winner carried fabric all day, according to her counsel, since she was too tall to sit at a work table and her hands were too huge to manage the stitching.

“We are now focused on ensuring that Brittney and her family’s well-being are prioritized and that all available assistance can be offered to them through an appropriate manner,” US State Department principal deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel said at a news briefing Friday.

Former prisoners like Griner should be given time to adjust to life after release, according to Richardson.

“We’ve got to give them a little space, a little time to readjust because they’ve had a horrendous experience in these Russian prisons,” said Richardson, who served as US ambassador to the United Nations in the Clinton administration.

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