Micah Parsons apologizes after expressing doubts about Brittney Griner prisoner swap

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By , Audacy Sports

While much of the sports world rejoiced at the news of WNBA star Brittney Griner's release from a Russian prison, there were a couple notable figures who weren't so sure.

Among those initially expressing doubts was Dallas Cowboys star linebacker Micah Parsons, who apparently didn't care for the one-for-one prisoner swap that saw convicted arms dealer Victor Bout returned to his native Russia in exchange for Griner.

More specifically, Parsons was upset that the US was unable to secure the release of former Marine Paul Whelan, who in 2018 was sentenced to 16 years in a Russian prison on spying charges.

"Wait nah!! We left a Marine?!! Hell nah," Parsons tweeted in response to the Griner news.

Parsons also deleted a tweet declaring that he still wouldn't vote for President Biden, in response to Biden's tweet announcing the Griner deal.

Parsons clarified that he supports neither Biden nor former President Trump, adding that he is happy for Griner but disappointed that Whelan wasn't part of the deal because he has "family who have served."

The reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and All-Pro later followed up with an apology, saying he reconsidered his stance after discussing the situation with people he respects and trusts.

"I am not too prideful to admit when I've made a mistake," Parsons said.

Griner's release after roughly 10 months in custody came after weeks and months of campaigning by countless athletes and sports journalists calling attention to her situation.

Many of those same figures welcomed Thursday's news with celebratory tweets.

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