Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Russia Extends Detention of WNBA and Olympic Champion Brittney Griner


Russian authorities will continue to detain champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist for at least another two months.

Russian state news agency TASS reported that a Moscow court granted a petition to extend Griner's detention to May 19, as an investigation into the drug charges against her proceeds.

The basketball superstar has remained in custody since last month when a drug-sensing dog alerted its handler to Griner's luggage as she made her way through security at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.

According to officials, a search of her luggage found vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis.

The charges against Griner carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Watch Enes Kanter Freedom share his thought about Griner's dire situation:

ESPN further reports:

The 31-year-old Griner, one of the most recognizable players in women's basketball, has won two Olympic gold medals with the U.S., a WNBA championship with the&nb