WNBA star Brittney Griner has been in the custody of Russian authorities since February. The 31-year-old was arrested on drug charges in Russia, and an outcry has emerged to free her. Many people, including former NBA star Dennis Rodman, spoke against her detainment, although Donald Trump doesn’t think anyone should help.

Rodman even announced he’d be traveling to Russia to meet the authorities and seek Brittney Griner’s release. The former rebounding forward said he’d put his diplomacy skills to use in order to get the Phoenix Mercury star released from the confines of Moscow.

Yahoo News is now reporting that Dennis Rodman has backtracked on the announcement the U.S. State Department announced that Rodman’s trip would not be on behalf of the United States.

Ned Price, a State Department spokesperson, told ABC News during a press briefing that if Rodman did go to Russia “he would not be traveling on behalf of the U.S. government.”

“We believe that anything other than negotiating further through the established channel is likely to complicate and hinder those release efforts.”

Dennis Rodman previously acted as an informal diplomat, having cultivated diplomatic relations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Manik Aftab

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