Parsons found out that ex-Marine Paul Whelan — convicted in 2020 of spying and sentenced to 16 years in maximum-security Russian prison — wasn't part of the swap, and the Cowboys' defensive leader was not happy.
"Wait nah!! We left a marine?!! Hell nah," Parsons tweeted.
Whelan has denied all charges, and talks about his release allegedly were continuing.
Parsons also tweeted that Biden wouldn't get his vote despite the announcement of Griner's release:
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But that tweet was soon deleted.
Leftists jump into the fray; Parsons caves
Leftists get bent out of shape when Twitter users with big platforms — and who should be on board with left-wing policies, like professional athletes — fail to toe the company line. They were similarly disturbed with Parsons, and soon enough he was walking back his complaints and apologizing.
He started by expressing support for Griner and saying it's "crazy" that Biden wasn't also bringing back Whelen. Parsons added that while he's no supporter of former President Donald Trump, he has no love for Biden, either:
Less than an hour later, Parsons was in full mea culpa mode:
Another huge issue regarding Biden's prisoner swap is that the Russians got back arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was serving a 25-year sentence and allegedly was a high priority for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Former DEA agents involved in Bout's capture told CBS News the Bout-for-Griner exchange could damage the "deterrence and consequences of committing crimes against the United States" now that "killers and criminals" know they can negotiate their way out of long sentences.
Griner in August was sentenced to nine years behind Russian bars for smuggling illegal drugs into the country. In February she was detained at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport when vape cartridges containing hashish oil were found in her luggage. Prosecutors argued that the 0.720 grams of cannabis found is a "significant amount."
Griner admitted to bringing the banned substance to Russia but claimed it was an accident.