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Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia extended a third time

Jun 15, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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The WNBA star will remain in custody until at least July 2

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Russia’s detention of basketball star Brittney Griner has been extended into July.

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Griner, one of the greatest women’s basketball players of all time, has been detained in the country since February, after she was caught allegedly travelling with cannabis vape carts.

The charges have not been verified or proven and the details of the case, like how much oil was actually in her possession, have never been clear.

  1. FILE: Courtney Vandersloot #22 of the Chicago Sky drives to the basket against Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury during Game Four of the WNBA Finals at Wintrust Arena on Oct. 17, 2021 in Chicago, Ill. /

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  2. FILE: Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury during Game Three of the 2021 WNBA semifinals at Desert Financial Arena on October 03, 2021 in Tempe, Arizona. /

    Brittney Griner’s pretrial detention in Russia extended by one month: report

  3. FILE: Courtney Vandersloot #22 of the Chicago Sky drives to the basket against Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury during Game Four of the WNBA Finals at Wintrust Arena on Oct. 17, 2021 in Chicago, Ill. /

    U.S. government now says Brittney Griner has been ‘wrongfully detained’ in Russia

Russian state media is reporting her detention has been extended until at least July 2, per CNN. It marks the third time Griner’s detention has been extended.

Griner, 31, made her first court appearance last month. She faces potentially up to 10 years in prison.

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According to Russian state media, her detention was extended at “the request of the investigation”

In early May, after Griner had been in custody for more than three months, the U.S. State Department classified her as “wrongfully detained.”

Ned Price, a spokesperson for the department, told reporters earlier this week that Griner “should not be detained for a single day longer,” per BBC.

In a statement, Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi said “there is a lot involved in getting her back home and safe,” after a coalition of WNBA players and representatives met with officials from the U.S. State Department.

“We’re here to do whatever we can to amplify and keep BG at the forefront, which is more important than any basketball game and anything else that’s going on in our lives.”

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Griner has spent several off-seasons in Russia, where top WNBA players can earn significant salary increases. Earlier this month, Griner’s detention was highlighted during the NBA Finals.

Members of the Boston Celtics wore T-shirts that read, “We are BG” on the front and featured a QR code on the back that links to a petition demanding the White House and Joe Biden Administration do “whatever is necessary to bring Brittney Griner home swiftly and safely.”

The WNBA, meanwhile, in addition to meeting with members of the U.S. government, has placed a floor decal bearing Griner’s initials and jersey number on the home-court sideline for each team.

“As we begin the 2022 season, we are keeping Brittney at the forefront of what we do through the game of basketball and in the community,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said last month.

“We continue to work on bringing Brittney home and are appreciative of the support the community has shown BG and her family during this extraordinarily challenging time.”

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