December 5, 2022

WNBA All-Famous person Brittney Griner used to be arrested in Russia final month at a Moscow airport after a seek of her baggage printed vape cartridges.

The Russian Customs Carrier mentioned Saturday that the cartridges had been recognized as containing oil derived from hashish, which might elevate a most penalty of 10 years in jail. The customs provider recognized the individual arrested as a participant for the U.S. girls’s crew and didn’t specify the date of her arrest. 

Russian media reported the participant used to be Griner, and her agent didn’t dispute the ones reviews.

“We’re conscious about the placement with Brittney Griner in Russia and are in shut touch along with her, her prison illustration in Russia, her circle of relatives, her groups, and the WNBA and NBA,” Griner’s agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas mentioned Saturday. “As that is an ongoing prison topic, we don’t seem to be in a position to remark additional at the specifics of her case however can ascertain that as we paintings to get her house, her psychological and bodily well being stay our number one fear.” 

Phoenix Mercury v Indiana Fever
Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury is noticed all the way through the sport in opposition to the Indiana Fever at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on September 6, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

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On Saturday, the State Division issued a “don’t shuttle” advisory for Russia as a result of its invasion of Ukraine and steered all U.S. electorate to go away straight away, mentioning components together with “the potential of harassment in opposition to U.S. electorate via Russian govt safety officers” and “the Embassy’s restricted skill to help” American citizens in Russia.

Griner, who performs for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, has performed in Russia for the final seven years within the wintry weather, incomes over $1 million in keeping with season — greater than quadruple her WNBA wage. She final performed for her Russian crew UMMC Ekaterinburg on January 29 ahead of the league took a two-week ruin in early February for the FIBA International Cup qualifying tournaments.

The 31-year-old Griner has gained two Olympic gold medals with the U.S., a WNBA championship with the Mercury and a countrywide championship at Baylor. She is a seven-time All-Famous person.

“Brittney Griner has the WNBA’s complete reinforce and our major precedence is her swift and secure go back to america,” the league mentioned in a remark. 

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