They had spoken the words of Dennis Rodman from a few days ago on the case Brittney Griner. The former Bulls player had said he would soon travel to Russia to help the United States in negotiations to free the player, sentenced to 9 years in prison. In the end, however, Rodman will not go to Russia, as stated by State Department spokesman Ned Prince:
He will not be traveling on behalf of the U.S. government. We believe that any means other than negotiations through established channels would probably complicate and hinder our efforts to free Griner.
In short, the U.S. government does not want to risk Rodman’s intervention making the situation worse. Not to mention that the player, once he sets foot in Russia, might even suffer similar treatment to Griner, who was essentially arrested on a rather futile pretext.
Rodman corrected his tirade when contacted by ABC News, stating that he had no plans to travel to Russia.