The Texas basketball star was first detained in February and was recently moved to a Russian penal colony before her release Thursday.

U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner, a Houston native, has been released from Russian custody in a prisoner exchange, President Joe Biden said Thursday morning.

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

Houston City Hall will be lit red, white and blue Thursday night in her honor, Mayor Sylvester Turner said.

In a Thursday morning press conference, Biden 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.”

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Griner was arrested in a Moscow airport in February after airport officials discovered vape canisters and cannabis oil in her luggage

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She was sentenced to nine years in Russian prison for smuggling illegal drugs into the country. The White House called the legal proceedings a “sham.”

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