He said, “We should have just arrested a Russian basketball player. And then you say, ‘Here, you have your basketball player back’ or wait we should have arrested Ovechkin. You know what I’m saying? You can have Ovechkin back and we’ll take Brittney Griner back.”
While Esiason would suggest arresting Ovechkin, he would also go on to criticize the Biden administration saying, “When you think about what we gave to Russia and what Russia gave back to us it doesn’t add up. It just doesn’t, I’m sorry.”
He continued, “You’re giving a guy that had a 25-year sentence in our country — and like to think our justice system in this regard especially pushed by the U.N. and a whole situation carried out by the DEA to arrest this Russian arms dealer — it’s a hard thing to understand, let’s put it that way.”
Esiason would later add, “It’s not apples for apples. And there’s going to be a very upset group of people. The Whelans are going to be upset unless they are saying to them, ‘Just hang on. Hang on. We’re working on this too.'”
“I don’t know,” Esiason continued. “You would think that 25 years arms for 9 years for something that she shouldn’t have been jailed for in the first place. I don’t know. I want to be happy this morning, but I can’t be because I know that there is another guy over there, maybe some others over there that we don’t even know about that don’t have the access to the White House because they’re not a star athlete or a celebrity that meets some sort of political gain in any way shape or form.”
“The fact that it happens after the election, it’s obvious what’s going on. It’s another check against the way this country is being run in my eyes,” Esaison bemoaned.
After taking a call, Esiason further detailed his thoughts, “I want to be happy this morning because she’s out, but I also want to be realistic about what just happened, and who is still over there, and how this whole thing, to me, does not add up.”
“And this happened right prior to the invasion of Ukraine. That’s when she got arrested. All of this stuff is all tied in together. I don’t know, man. Like I said I want to be happy, but I can’t be,” he added.
Esiasion then declared, “It’s what we ended up giving up in order to get her. And that doesn’t add up.”
After a brief break, Esiason came back and stated, “You leave a patriot rotting in jail over there. They better get his a** out. That’s all I got to say.”
Later during the show, Esiason continued his criticism of the Joe Biden administration while discussing Micah Parsons’ reaction to the swap that left Paul Whelan in Russia.
Parsons initially reacted writing on Twitter, “Wait nah!! We left a marine?!! Hell nah.”
Esiason commented, “But you know what, honestly, I’m telling you, more people feel that way than don’t. I can tell you that right now. I know that we’re all happy that Brittney’s home like we said earlier on. But when you think about the magnitude of what we traded to get back a WNBA professional athlete and left a Marine sitting there whose family has been trying for years to get him out of there with nothing, nothing from the U.S. government. Nothing publicly. There was no story written about it.
“And then the moment that Brittney got arrested in February it became a story. And I feel like the Russians were basically using her to get this guy out. It’s not an even swap. It’s not. And we all know what happened to Brittney should have never happened. But man, we look so pathetic. And listening to our President talk about this is such a pathetic feeling. I want to be happy, but I can’t be,” he reiterated.
What do you make of Esiason’s idea to have had Ovechkin arrested in order to swap for Griner?