Vin Diesel is going viral on Twitter.
Following the release of WNBA athlete Brittney Yevette Griner from Russian prison, social media users are spreading memes jokingly thanking the actor for his part.
In a now-deleted Instagram post, Diesel called for the athlete’s release after she had been detained in the country since February.
He had written, “I need Brittney Griner home before Christmas,” alongside a photo of himself at a basketball match. Twitter users are now using it as evidence that he had a direct part in arranging her release following a high-stakes prisoner exchange.
“Thank you, Vin Diesel. The most important thing in life will always be family. ❤️” wrote one fan in a post, referencing the other “family” meme that was popularized after Diesel’s character in the “Fast & Furious” franchise.
Thank you, Vin Diesel. The most important thing in life will always be family. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/RUZES5MwDT
— battle tested ulxma (@ulxma) December 8, 2022
Vin Diesel really did that 🤝 pic.twitter.com/4Y3rH6I6Tk
— League Alerts (@LeagueAlerts) December 8, 2022
— Gifdsports (@gifdsports) December 8, 2022
Other users believed the actor had an even bigger part in her rescue, singlehandedly infiltrating the Russian prison.
“How Vin Diesel got Brittney Griner out of Russia,” one captioned a photoshop collage of images from the action film franchise.
How Vin Diesel got Brittney Griner out of Russia pic.twitter.com/O9Ydgq468h
— William Kim (@TheKimulation) December 8, 2022
everyone say, “thank you, vin diesel!”
— 𝓏𝒽𝑒. (@STZYBRAT) December 8, 2022
The action star has yet to react to the memes, and neither has Griner, but photos surfaced today showing the American was home safe and sound from U.S. President Joe Biden’s Twitter account.
Moments ago I spoke to Brittney Griner.
She is safe.
She is on a plane.
She is on her way home. pic.twitter.com/FmHgfzrcDT
— President Biden (@POTUS) December 8, 2022