Micah Parsons Apologizes for Reaction to Brittney Griner’s Release
Most Twitter users were thrilled to hear that Brittney Greiner was released from Russian captivity on Thursday . Some expressed disappointment that Paul Whelan (a former Marine) was not part of the prisoner exchange which resulted in Griner being released.
Cowboys star Micah Parsons was one of those people and caught some backlash when he tweeted, “Wait nah!! We left a Marine?? Parson’s reaction could have been interpreted as dismay at Griner’s release from Whelan. Parson responded to his tweet after a little more than an hour and then went on to criticize President Joe Biden.
“His last tweet was not a shot at Brittney Griner,” said he. “I’m just super glad she’s home as she should be. I have my family who served, and it’s absurd that the President wouldn’t bring them home.
He addressed his remarks after more backlash, and apologized.
“Just spoke with some people I respect and trust,” Parsons wrote in a tweet. “I should have been more informed on the topic and not tweeted out emotion for my family members and those who have served. I am sorry for that. If what I have heard about the attempts to bring Ret. Marine Paul Whelan home is true, then the best outcome was achieved.
” I pray Mr. Whelan returns home, but am very happy for Brittney’s family,” he said. “I am not too prideful to admit when I’ve made a mistake.”
Parsons was likely informed that Biden and the U.S. reportedly attempted to swap international arms dealer Viktor Bout for both Griner and Whelan, but in the end this was the only deal that would be accepted, according to ESPN’s T.J. Quinn. Whelan has been in captivity for almost four years after being accused of espionage and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. His relatives released a statement following Griner’s release.
“I’m so glad Brittney Griner’s on her way home,” David Whelan (Paul’s twin brother) said in a statement. via ABC’s Jay O’Brien . “As a family member of a Russian hostage I can only imagine the joy she’ll have, being reunited and in time for Christmas. There is no greater success than wrongful detainees being freed and allowed to return home. The Biden Administration made the right decision to bring Ms. Griner home, and to make the deal that was possible, rather than waiting for one that wasn’t going to happen.”
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