Be sure to hate Biden’s bad Brittney Griner deal for the right reasons

More than a few of my fellow Uncle Joe critics are complaining that Team Biden struck a deal for the release of Brittney Griner on Thursday, and I absolutely understand the sentiment. I truly do!

The WNBA star – imprisoned in Russia for a weed charge – disrespected our National Anthem. She’s a wokester who shares the core Leftist belief that America isn’t a place worth celebrating; consequently, Griner is notable member of a celebrity generation priding itself on haring the country responsible for affording them opportunities which couldn’t be replicated anywhere else on the globe (including inside of a Russian jail cell).

Will she change her tune now that the county she believes is so terrible just freed a dangerous terrorist to rescue her? I doubt it.

So there’s plenty of reason to believe Brittney Griner is a loser (she is), but it’s also not the right reason to hate what just went down…

Here are some better reasons:

First and foremost, Viktor Bout (the aforementioned terrorist) is now a free man. The inspiration for Nicholas Cage’s Lord of War movie, the notorious arms trafficker will presumably resume selling mass casualty arms to a lot of equally bad people and many more human beings will die as a result. Does Griner’s freedom justify the price? It’s a legitimate question.

Secondly, while marine Paul Whelan is justifiably receiving a lot of attention, American teacher Marc Fogel is still in jail for substantially the same thing as Griner (a small amount of weed). Unlike Whelan, there’s no pretense of espionage attached to Fogel’s incarceration. The difference between Fogel’s case and Griner’s? From what I can tell, he’s a white male teacher from Pittsburgh and not a non-white lesbian sports star known for expressing Leftist beliefs. “Teachers are at least as important as bballers,” Fogel reportedly complained back in the summer from the penal colony where he’s serving a 14-year sentence.

Apparently not, Marc. It’s transparently obvious that Griner’s power and profile made her a higher priority for Biden’s State Department, and it’s telling that the White House won’t comment on the glaring discrepency:

But Biden ally and teacher’s union chieftain Randi Weingarten said the quiet part out loud:

Wow, right?

Griner may be a loser but she’s our loser. That’s how it works.

This also isn’t the first time that America’s sprung bad actors as part of a questionable deal (see Trump’s controversial Taliban prisoner releases).

Again… what’s different?

The Trump Administration wasn’t horse-trading for American captives based upon skin color, sexual orientation, and political affiliation.


MATT ROONEY is’s founder and editor-in-chief, a practicing New Jersey attorney, and the host of ‘The Matt Rooney Show’ on 1210 WPHT every Sunday evening from 7-10PM EST.

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MATT ROONEY is's founder and editor-in-chief, a practicing New Jersey attorney, and the host of 'The Matt Rooney Show' on 1210 WPHT every Sunday evening from 7-10PM EST.