U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner, a Houston native, has been released from Russian custody, USA president said Thursday morning.

“Moments ago I spoke to Brittney Griner. She is safe. She is on a plane. She is on her way home,” he said in a tweet announcing the release.

In a Thursday morning press conference, the president said he had spoken with Griner on the phone and that she is “in good spirits.”

“She’s relieved to finally be heading home, and the fact remains that she’s lost months of her life, experienced needless trauma,” he said. “She endured mistreatment and a show trial in Russia with characteristic grit and incredible dignity.”

Griner was arrested in a Moscow airport in February after airport officials discovered vape canisters and cannabis oil in her luggage. She was sentenced to nine years in Russian prison for smuggling illegal drugs into the country. USA officials called the legal proceedings a “sham.” Griner pleaded guilty to the charges in September and apologized for the incident, calling it an “honest mistake.”

Griner was a star on the Baylor University Lady Bears basketball team from 2009-13. She has played for the Phoenix Mercury since the 2013 draft and also played basketball in China and Russia during the off seasons.

Griner’s wife, Cherelle, appeared at the press conference alongside US President to announce the release.

“Over the last nine months, y’all have been so privy to one of the darkest moments of my life,” she said. “Today I’m just standing here, overwhelmed with emotions.

There was “painstaking and intense negotiations” to release Griner from the beginning of her detainment.

“Brittney has endured unimaginable suffering under the Russian regime.

“Welcome back Brittney, there’s no place like home for the holidays,”

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