WNBA Star Brittney Griner Arrested in Russia on Drug Charges

Brittney GrinerWNBA Star Brittney Griner has been arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling in Russia amid growing tensions between the country and the United States and the rest of the West over its invasion on Ukraine.

WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner was captured last month at a Moscow air terminal after Russian specialists said an inquiry of her gear uncovered vape cartridges.

The Russian Customs Service said Saturday that the cartridges were recognized as containing oil got from weed, which could convey a most extreme punishment of 10 years in jail. The traditions administration distinguished the individual captured as a player for the U.S. ladies’ group and didn’t determine the date of her capture. Russian media announced the player was Griner, and her representative, Lindsay Kagawa Colas, didn’t debate those reports.

“We know about the circumstance with Brittney Griner in Russia and are in close contact with her, her lawful portrayal in Russia, her family, her groups, and the WNBA and NBA,” Kagawa Colas said Saturday. “As this is a continuous legitimate matter, we can’t remark further on the particulars of her case yet can affirm that as we work to get her home, her psychological and physical health remain our essential concern.”

On Saturday, the State Department gave a “don’t travel” warning for Russia on account of its intrusion of Ukraine and asked all U.S. residents to leave right away, referencing factors including “the potential for badgering against U.S. residents by Russian government security authorities” and “the Embassy’s restricted capacity to help” Americans in Russia.

Griner, who plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, has played in Russia throughout the previous seven years in the colder time of year, acquiring more than $1 million for every season – more than fourfold her WNBA pay. She last played for her Russian group UMMC Ekaterinburg on Jan. 29 preceding the association required a fourteen day break toward the beginning of February for the FIBA World Cup qualifying competitions.

In excess of twelve WNBA players were playing in Russia and Ukraine this colder time of year, including association MVP Jonquel Jones and Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley of the hero Chicago Sky. The WNBA affirmed Saturday that all players other than Griner had left the two nations.

The 31-year-old Griner has won two Olympic gold decorations with the U.S., a WNBA title with the Mercury and a public title at Baylor. She is a seven-time All-Star.

“Brittney Griner has the WNBA’s full help and our primary need is her quick and safe re-visitation of the United States,” the association said in an explanation.

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