Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons recently weighed in on the prisoner swap between Brittney Griner and Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.
On Thursday, President Joe Biden announced that an agreement was made between his administration and the Russian government to exchange Bout for the WNBA player, who was detained overseas for over 9 months after pleading guilty to possession of marijuana.
“Moments ago, standing together with her wife Cherelle in the Oval Office, I spoke with Brittney Griner. She’s safe, she’s on a plane, she’s on her way home after months of being unjustly detained in Russia, held under intolerable circumstances,” the President announced in a press conference.
“Brittney will soon be back in the arms of her loved ones, and she should’ve been there all along,” Biden continued. “This is a day we’ve worked toward for a long time. We never stopped pushing for her release. It took painstaking and intense negotiations, and I wanna thank all the hardworking public servants across my administration who worked tirelessly to secure her release.”
Yet, in the midst of the celebration, Micah Parsons took to social media and discussed his disdain for President Biden. After retweeting a statement about Paul Whelan, a Marine that continued to be detained in Russia, the Cowboys player told Pres. Biden in a now-deleted statement, “We still not voting for you!”
However, Parsons proceeded to elaborate on his statement and emphasized that it was in no means a shot at the WNBA player. “I just have family who have served and it’s crazy to me the President wouldn’t bring him home too,” the 23-year-old explained on Twitter.
Micah Parsons revokes previous statements he made on Twitter
After releasing these tweets to the public, countless people began explaining that choosing between Whelan and Griner is a black-and-white perspective and if the deal was written to bring home Whelan instead, it likely would not have passed with Russia. From there, Parsons backtracked on his initial opinions.
“Just spoke to some people that I respect and trust. I should have been more educated on the topic and not tweeted out of emotion for my family and others who have served. For that I apologize,” he began.
Parsons went on to add, “Also if what I’m told about the attempts to bring Ret Marine Paul Whelan home are true then the best outcome was accomplished. I pray Mr. Whelan comes home but am extremely happy for Brittney and her family. I am not too prideful to admit when I’ve made a mistake.”
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