WNBA star Brittney Griner is still being detained in Russia —and the Biden Administration has been totally ineffective in negotiating her release. According to Fox News, “Griner was arrested in February after allegedly trying to bring vape cartridges containing oils derived from cannabis through a Moscow airport. She’s only been seen publicly a few times since.”
Phoenix Mercury players Brianna Turner and Diana Taurasi and head coach Vanessa Nygaard released statements through the team on Griner’s detention after WNBA reps met with the State Department, Fox reports.
“Today we had a meeting with the State Department about BG. I’m confident in the State Department and the work that they’re doing. They encouraged us to keep speaking her name, to keep holding them accountable to bring BG back home as soon as possible,” Turner said.
“We’re here to do whatever we can to amplify and keep BG at the forefront, which is more important than any basketball game and anything else that’s going on in our lives. We want BG to come home as soon as possible. It’s number one on our list,” Taurasi said.
Nygaard added: “We are on day 116 since BG has been wrongfully detained. It was great to hear from the State Department that we should continue to amplify that message and that we should continue to press all those who have any influence or power to help bring BG home. She’s our teammate, she’s an American and we want her back home.”
Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan commented on Griner’s extended detention on Twitter.
“Everyone knows President Trump would have negotiated Brittney Griner’s release by now.”
Everyone knows President Trump would have negotiated Brittney Griner’s release by now.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) June 14, 2022
A Russian court recently extended Griner’s detention for alleged cannabis smuggling.
— New York Post (@nypost) June 14, 2022