“The court docket granted the request of the investigation and prolonged the interval of detention of the U.S. citizen Griner till Could 19,” a Moscow court docket dominated, per TASS.
Brittney was reportedly arrested on February 17 after Russian authorities discovered vape cartridges in her baggage. The cartridges allegedly contained a cannabis-derived oil known as cannabis. Per ESPN, the utmost penalty for her offense is ten years in jail.
The athlete has reportedly performed skilled basketball in Russia since 2015. For seven years, Brittney has touched courts in Russia in the course of the WNBA’s low season. As you might already know, taking part in abroad throughout low season just isn’t unusual for American athletes. Skilled athletes who double-dip use the low season alternative to not solely keep in form, but in addition earn extra cash. Brittney has reportedly earned greater than $1 million per season, whereas taking part in in Russia.
ESPN stories that Brittney was additionally one in all a dozen WNBA gamers who performed in Russia or Ukraine this previous winter season. Nevertheless, they’ve all left the area since Russia invaded the Ukraine days after Brittney’s arrest. She was detained whereas arriving in Russia from New York following a two-week league break in early February.
Nonetheless, the participant’s checklist of supporters has been steadily rising. On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton chimed in on the state of affairs and tweeted “Free Brittney” together with a BBC article about her detention.
The extension of Brittney’s detention till Could 19 means Brittney will miss the beginning of the WNBA season on Could 6. Per ESPN, she is a WNBA champion, seven-time All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist.
It is a growing story.
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