WNBA star Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia has been prolonged via May 19, per a report from Tass.
The Russian information company obtained an announcement on the extension from a Moscow court docket.
“The court granted the request of the investigation and extended the period of detention of the U.S. citizen Griner until May 19,” the court docket stated, through ESPN.
Griner, 31, was detained at a Moscow airport on Feb. 17 after a baggage search executed by Russian authorities revealed she was in possession of vape cartridges. The cartridges reportedly contained oil derived from hashish. Such an infraction may carry a most of 10 years in Russian jail.
Griner’s been taking part in in Russia through the WNBA offseason for the final seven years. She was suiting up for UMMC Ekaterinburg, which pays her greater than $1 million per season — greater than quadruple her WNBA wage.
The WNBA season is about to tip-off on May 6, that means the Phoenix Mercury shall be with out the companies of the seven-time All-Star. Griner averaged 20.5 PPG and 9.5 RPG in 2021, main Phoenix to the WNBA Finals. The Chicago Sky defeated the Mercury 3-1 within the collection.
Since her arrest, Griner’s group has declined to speak publicly, as a substitute working privately to provoke her launch.
“Everyone’s getting the strategy of say less and push more privately behind the scenes,” WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert stated. “It’s the strategy you get from the State Department and administration. It’s our No. 1 priority in talking with her agent and strategists.”
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