Justin Bieber Wants to Help Bring Brittney Griner Home

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The singer reacted to Griner's 9-year Russian prison sentence on his Instagram Story.

Justin Bieber appears to be among those outraged by Brittney Griner's conviction.

The American basketball star was sentenced to nine years in prison by a Russian court on Thursday after being found guilty for a drug offense.

Following news of the Russian judge's verdict, Bieber, 28, took to his Instagram Story to react to the news and ask what he can do to help bring Griner home.

"THIS HURTS," the "Peaches" singer wrote, adding, "If anyone knows of anyway I can help please let me know."

Bieber isn't the only one ready to take action as the White House is already trying to arrange a deal to bring the WNBA star home as soon as possible.

President Joe Biden released a statement following the news on Thursday, calling Griner's sentence "unacceptable," per CNN.

Griner, 31, was arrested back in February after carrying less than one gram of cannabis oil in her luggage. The Russian court accused her of committing the crime deliberately.

"Today, American citizen Brittney Griner received a prison sentence that is one more reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney," the President said in his statement on Thursday, according to the outlet.

"I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends and teammates," he continued.

The U.S. is currently offering to exchange two Russian prisoners for two American prisoners, including Griner and former marine Paul Whelan, who is serving a 16-year sentence for espionage.

In his statement, Biden promised, "My administration will continue to work tirelessly and pursue every possible avenue to bring Brittney and Paul Whelan home safely as soon as possible," CNN reported.

On Friday, Russia said it was was ready to discuss a prisoner swap, with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov noting that they would only consider it within a special diplomatic channel previously agreed upon by Biden and  Russian President Vladimir Putin, per NBC News.

“There is a special channel that has been agreed upon by the presidents, and no matter what anyone says publicly, this channel remains relevant,” he explained at a news conference at a meeting with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cambodia.

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