Brittney Griner Appears In Russian Court

Though she hid her face underneath her hoodie, WNBA star Brittney Griner appeared in court earlier this week, her first public appearance since Russian officials arrested her back in February when she attempted to re-enter the country, where she plays basketball during the WNBA offseason.

Griner was charged with “trying to carry vape cartridges containing oils derived from cannabis through an airport,” per Fox News. If convicted, she faces up to ten years in prison. For now, her pre-trial extension has been extended one month.

Her case drew global attention as it occurred just as Russia had invaded Ukraine, sparking the ire of countries around the world.

The U.S. State Department believes that she has been “wrongfully detained,” per Fox News. Bill Richardson, the former governor of New Mexico and former ambassador to China during the Clinton administration, has worked on behalf of the Griner family to bring her back to the United States.

Many WNBA players have expressed concern for Griner and have called for her to return home, per Fox News.

Written by Cortney Weil

Cortney Weil has a PhD in Shakespearean drama but now spends her days reading and writing about her first passion: sports. She loves God, her husband, and all things Michigan State.

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  1. I hope when she gets back in this country she will tell people how great the USA is and promote all athletes to show repect to our country and patriotically stand for the flag! BUT she will probably bitch and hold this country responsobile for not coming to her defense and getting her released because she is a black gay woman. Guess will find out in the weeks or months ahead.

  2. Really really bad timing to do careless stuff in a foreign country. With a normal administration without chronic Russophobia still imagining a 1980 USSR boogeyman under their bed, they’d be calmly working with the Russians to work out a deal. With THIS clown car administration they can’t go a day without blaming Russia for every problem in the world they themselves cause. That doesn’t exactly build much good will foundation to work these situations out for your citizens. Griner may now be a casualty of their stupidity. Russia has officially stopped giving a flip about anything the US thinks under Biden and these nutjobs.

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