WNBA star Brittney Griner was recently sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison on drug charges. She was arrested at a Russian airport in February for having cannabis vape cartridges in her luggage. 'ET' reports that last week, Rodman told NBC News that he "got permission to go to Russia to help that girl". "I know Putin too well.", Dennis Rodman, to NBC News. He also said he was "trying to go this week". On Aug. 22, Ned Price, State Department spokesperson, issued a statement.