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Basketball star Brittney Griner received an emotional standing ovation after making a surprise appearance at this weekend's NAACP Awards and using the moment to advocate for people currently detained in foreign countries.

Griner's appearance at the awards show was her most high-profile one yet since the Biden administration secured her release in a prisoner exchange with Russia, freeing her from the penal colony she'd been sent to after she was sentenced to nine years on smuggling charges.

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