BREAKING: Comedian Alex Stein confronts Brittney Griner over hating America, mainstream media loses their minds

"I know you kill it on the court, but he kills in real life."


Comedian Alex Stein released a video on Sunday in which he confronted WNBA player Brittany Griner, who was recently released from a Russian prison as part of a prisoner swap with an arms dealer dubbed the "Merchant of Death."

"Was that a fair trade for the merchant of death?" He continued, "I know you kill it on the court, but he kills in real life." Stein was pushed away by Griner's security.

Griner was playing in a Russian basketball league when she was arrested for having brought marijuana products into the country. While these products are decriminalized or legal in many places in the US, in Russia they are entirely illegal. She was arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to serve in a Russian prison.

"Was that a fair trade for the Merchant of Death?" Stein asked. "I know you kill it on the court, but he kills in real life. Is it true you had to have sex with Vladimir Putin to get released from Russia?"

Security didn't let Stein get close to Griner, but Stein asked "Do you like protecting her?"

"I do what I have to do," replied a man.

In an exclusive statement, Stein told The Post Millennial, "I was lucky enough to run into BG and I wanted to have a respectful conversation but her security assaulted me from the start. I’m just happy that someone finally got to ask Brittney some tough questions."

Griner has historically been a strong critic of the US, going as far as to walk off the court during the playing of the National Anthem in the wake of George Floyd's death in 2020. She further said that the National Anthem does not represent American black people and vowed to continue protesting throughout the 2020 season.

"I’m going to protest regardless," she said. "I’m not going to be out there for the national anthem. If the league continues to want to play it, that’s fine. It will be all season long, I’ll not be out there. I feel like more are going to probably do the same thing. I can only speak for myself."

When she was eventually freed after the Biden administration's negotiation with Russia, unleashing an arms dealer to secure her release while leaving Americans behind in Russian prisons, questions arose about Griner's allegiance to America. 

Speaking on her stances on the anthem later on, Griner notably had at least a partial change of heart on the matter. Despite previously saying she would refuse to be present on the court whenever the national anthem plays, Griner said in May 2023, "Just being able to hear my national anthem, see my flag, I definitely want to stand."

Griner clarified that although not everybody will "not [want] stand or not come out," she "totally support[s] them 100 percent" as it is she believes it is their right "as an American in this great country."

Around the time of Griner's release, Biden official John Kirby proclaimed, "President Biden has been clear about the need to bring home every American who was held hostage or wrongfully detained abroad." He added, "And that includes, of course, Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan. A month ago, President Biden directed his national security team to pursue every avenue to bring Brittany home safely to a family or friends or loved ones or teammates."

Whelan has been held by Russia since 2018 for alleged espionage. Griner was held on drug possession. 

Even before the video release the mainstream media was already obsessing over it. The publications branded Stein a right-wing “provocateur” and claimed he made the players feel unsafe. 

In a sneak preview on Saturday, Stein released a clip that showed him asking Griner if she "still wants to boycott America?" making a reference to 2020, when Griner advocated for the WNBA to stop playing the national anthem in a protest against police brutality. 

Since the protest, Griner serving ten months in a Moscow, Russia prison on drug-related charges for having cannabis on her person, where she faced ten years in prison. Many saw Griner as a political prisoner of the Russian government. 

The Phoenix Mercury said in a statement, "The health and well-being of our players and staff are our top priority and we will always take every step within our power to protect player safety." They continued, "We are committed to our support of BG and advocating for all American hostages abroad."

"We will continue our support of the marginalized communities and fight the kind of hate that targeted us today," it said. "no one, regardless of identity, should ever fear for their safety." 

"We will be coordinating with the WNBA on the next steps," the statement concluded. 

The league also tried to preempt the release of Stein's video by making a statement Saturday claiming his "actions were inappropriate and unfortunate." 

The Bring Our Families Home Campaign issued a statement urging social media companies to "prohibit the monetization of any resulting content." 

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