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Cowboys Coach Sends Clear Message On Brittney Griner's Release

Mike McCarthy, Dallas Cowboys

Brittney Griner was released from Russian custody on Thursday in a one-for-one prisoner swap facilitated by President Joe Biden. 

Today's news has spurred a ton of reactions from the sports world, including a series of bold posts from Cowboys' star Micah Parsons. Parsons, in a group of now partially-deleted tweets, expressed frustration that another American held in Russia - retired Marine Paul Whelan - was not included in today's exchange. 

The Dallas pass rusher, who later apologized for his social media outburst, isn't the only Cowboy speaking out on Thursday's breaking news. 

When asked about today's unfoldings, head coach Mike McCarthy said "Like everybody, just glad Brittney is home. That’s really the most important part of it." 

"Like everybody, just glad Brittney is home. That’s really the most important part of it. As far as getting into political opinions and so forth, this isn’t the platform where I believe you discuss those. But thank God she’s home," McCarthy said Thursday according to Clarence Hill Jr. 

Seemingly aware of the political tension caused by Parsons' earlier posts, McCarthy insisted to reporters that "this isn’t the platform where I believe you discuss those." 

While it's unclear which "platform" McCarthy was referring to - twitter or his media session - the Cowboys coach certainly seemed pleased that a deal was struck to bring Griner home.  

As for Parsons, the Dallas linebacker said that he should've been more educated on the topic and regrets tweeting "out of emotion for my family and other who have served." 

The Cowboys, 9-3, are looking to extend their current three-game win streak Sunday when Dallas hosts the Houston Texans.