Lawmakers Aren’t Confident They Can Get Brittney Griner Out of Russia

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WNBA player Brittney Griner remains detained in Russia for carrying hashish oil in her luggage at an airport near Moscow. And US lawmakers don’t have much confidence they can get her out of Russia. Some have even described it as a “very difficult” task.

“Our diplomatic relationships with Russia are nonexistent at the moment,” Democrat Rep. John Garamendi of California told CNN on Monday.

“Perhaps during the various negotiations that may take place, she might be able to be one of the solutions. I don’t know.”

Garamendi also says Russia’s strict LGBT rules could come into play because Griner is married to a woman. It’s worth noting that Garamendi is only speculating on this aspect of the situation.

Several other unknowns about Griner’s arrest also remain, including the timing. We don’t know exactly when Russian officials arrested her.

On Saturday, the Russian Federal Customs Service released a video of an individual who appears to be Griner going through airport security. The New York Times reports the screening at the airport occurred in February, raising the possibility that Griner has been in custody for at least several days.

Since the video’s publication, more than 1,000 people have signed the “Secure Brittney Griner’s Swift and Safe Return to the U.S.” petition on

Griner has played with Russia’s UMMC Ekaterinburg since 2015 during the WNBA offseason.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest media topics as well as trending sports, cultural and political stories.

Burack has become a prominent voice in media and has been featured on several shows across OutKick and industry related podcast and radio stations.

Previously, Burack was a writer at The Big Lead where he covered similar topics. He also hosted an eponymous podcast where he interviewed several personalities such as Joe Tessitore, and Adam Schefter.


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