Cowboys’ Micah Parsons Angry Marine Paul Whelan Not Freed With Brittney Griner In Trade With Russia

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Cowboys Micah Parsons wasn’t pleased with the news about the USA’s negotiations with Russia to bring Brittney Griner home.

On Thursday morning, it was reported that Russia would free Griner in exchange for arms dealer Viktor Bout, better known as the merchant of death.


Brittney Griner, the WNBA star who was held for months in Russian prisons on drug charges, was released Thursday in a one-for-one prisoner swap for international arms dealer Viktor Bout, CBS News learned early Thursday from a U.S. official. The one-for-one exchange agreement negotiated with Moscow in recent weeks was given final approval by President Biden within just the last week, according to sources familiar with the deal. The swap, first reported by CBS News, took place on Thursday in the United Arab Emirates.

Five former U.S. officials told CBS News the agreement had been reached as of last Thursday.

Unfortunately, marine Paul Whelan, who has been in a Russian jail for over 4 years for espionage, was not included in the prisoner exchange and will remain in Russia.

Parsons, who has several family members in the military, was angry Whelan was not included in the swap and voiced his displeasure with the Biden administration on social media.

Update: The Whelan family released a statement congratulating Griner and stating that the Biden administration made the right decision to Russia up on their off instead of dragging a deal out.

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