Dennis Rodman heading to Russia to seek release of Brittney Griner

On drug possession allegations, Griner was given a nine-year prison term in Russia earlier this month.

While the American government seeks to free Brittney Griner, a former Baylor Bears women's basketball player who is now incarcerated,

An NBA legend is eager to go to Russia and lend a hand.

Dennis Rodman, a five-time champion and a former Chicago Bulls centre, made his involvement known this past weekend.

To help that girl, I have been given permission to travel to Russia, Rodman stated. "I intend to travel this week.

The member of the Basketball Hall of Fame who won championships with the Chicago Bulls and also briefly played for the Dallas Mavericks.

informed NBC News that he planned to go to Russia soon to request the release of Griner.

On July 7, Griner entered a plea of guilty before a Russian court and requested the judge's pity.

Griner asserted that although she did commit the crime, it was an accident.