In an open letter to The White House received on July 4, Brittney shared her fear that she’d be prison “forever” and asked Biden not to “forget about me and the other American Detainees” that are being held in custody in foreign countries around the globe. 

She wrote that her family honors those who have fought to defend our freedoms on the Fourth of July. It hurts to think about the way I celebrate Independence Day because it means something entirely different for me this year.  

In the letter, the Phoenix Mercury star, who plays for a Russian team during the WNBA off-season, also named the people she misses most.  

She wrote, “I miss my wife!” She wrote. “I miss my family! My teammates are my family! It hurts to think of how much they’re suffering right now. “I am thankful for any help you could provide to me in this time of need.”  

Brittney was taken into custody at Moscow Airport in February. She was accused of carrying vape cartridges containing hashish oil. After making an appearance during a pre-trial hearing in May, Brittney was in court for her first trial date on July 1, but did not enter a plea at the time.  

Brittney will be appearing at her next hearing on July 7. If found guilty, she faces up to 10 years in jail.