It's been just over a week since WNBA star Britney Griner was released from a Russian penal colony, but she said she is ready to make her way back to the court.
Griner took to Instagram to address fans who have supported her since her detention earlier this year. The six-time all-star said she was grateful to be back in the U.S. and that she plans on returning to her Phoenix Mercury team this season. Griner was released from Russian custody on Dec. 8 in exchange for arms dealer Viktor Bout after being arrested in February on drug charges.
"The last 10 months have been a battle at every turn. I dug deep to keep my faith and it was the love from so many of you that helped keep me going. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone for your help," she said in the social media post.
Griner also thanked President Joe Biden and his administration for their efforts in getting her back to the U.S. safely.
"President Biden, you brought me home and I know you are committed to bringing Paul Whelan and all Americans home too," she wrote. "I will use my platform to do whatever I can to help you. I also encourage everyone that played a part in bringing me home to continue their efforts to bring all Americans home. Every family deserves to be whole."