Megan Rapinoe pays tribute to Brittney Griner while receiving Presidential Medal of Freedom

Megan Rapinoe pays tribute to Brittney Griner while receiving Presidential Medal of Freedom

(CNN)As she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom -- the highest civilian honor in the United States 

Megan Rapinoe paid tribute to detained WNBA star Brittney Griner

wearing a cream blazer with the initials 'BG' and a bunch of flowers embroidered onto the lapel.

"The most important part of the day...BG we love you,"

Rapinoe said in an Instagram story alongside a close-up picture of the embroidery detail.

Griner has been held in Russia since February on accusations of drug smuggling 

and is officially classified as "wrongfully detained," a US State Department official told CNN in May.

On Thursday, the same day as Rapinoe received the Medal of Freedom

Griner pleaded guilty to drug charges in a Russian court.

Supporters of the Phoenix Mercury star have called for her release over fears

she is being used as a political pawn amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine -- a sentiment echoed by Rapinoe.

"BG is a being used as a political pawn and we need to bring her hom

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