Prisoner swap for Brittney Griner was one-sided

Griner can now resume her basketball career and make hundreds of thousands of dollars, while Viktor Bout can now resume his arms dealing ways that may result in the deaths of even more people.

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Officers enter the plane carrying American basketball star Brittney Griner after landing at the JBSA-Kelly Field Annex runway on Dec. 9 in San Antonio, after she was released from a Russian prison in exchange for a notorious arms dealer.

Officers enter the plane carrying American basketball star Brittney Griner after landing at the JBSA-Kelly Field Annex runway on Dec. 9 in San Antonio, after she was released from a Russian prison in exchange for a notorious arms dealer.

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It seems that I am in the minority, but I am outraged by the deal that the Biden administration made in trading a Russian convicted arms dealer, Viktor Bout, for WNBA basketball player Brittney Griner.

Bout is likely indirectly responsible for the deaths of hundreds, if not thousands of people. Many resources were used to bring him to justice, only to trade him for Griner, who admitted that she was indeed in possession of an illegal substance when she entered Russia.

All the while, former Marine Paul Whelan is still in a Russian prison as he was not included in the trade. It gives the impression that money, celebrity and votes were the motivation for this one-sided trade.

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Griner can now resume her basketball career and make hundreds of thousands of dollars in America while Bout can now resume his arms-dealing ways that may result in the deaths of even more people.

Thank you, Joe Biden.

Antonio Acevedo, Bucktown

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