MSNBC Blames Unequal Pay in U.S. for Brittney Griner Imprisonment in Russia

MSNBC Blames Unequal Pay in U.S. for Brittney Griner Imprisonment in Russia


The detention of WNBA star Brittney Griner in Russia is a result of her having to travel there because she was unable “to make equal pay here in the United States,” according to an MSNBC segment that highlighted the “disparity in American life” as WNBA players are paid less than NBA players on average.

Appearing on MSNBC’s The Cross Connection with Tiffany Cross on Saturday, former State Department spokesperson and former Obama White House Senior Director Nayyera Haq discussed Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s recent phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov concerning a potential release of Brittney Griner.

Asked about Lavrov’s suggestion of returning to “quiet diplomacy” on the issue of prisoner swaps, Haq claimed the Russian foreign minister was simply

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