American basketball player Brittney Griner has been in pre-trial detention in Russia for almost three months, where she faces charges of drug smuggling.
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Star American basketball player Brittney Griner leaves the courtroom in the suburbs of Moscow after being heard.
If proven guilty, she faces up to 10 years behind bars. The 30-year-old Phoenix Mercury team from the WNBA and Yekaterinburg, Russia, publicly express their support for her current and former teammates and coaches.
Several of them responded to footage of Grinerova from Moscow, where they extended her detention for another month. It could mean that her case will be brought to court soon.
“Of course we were disappointed to learn that her detention in Russia had been extended. We must do everything we can to get her out.
We have to set her free and get her back home. Let’s hope the government can do something about it as soon as possible, “said Sandy Brondell, who coached Griner for eight years at the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury Club, who currently leads the New York Liberty Club.
Brittney Griner American basketball player Brittney Griner in the archive image.
Griner’s former Phoenix teammate Danielle Robinson was saddened to see her in pictures of Moscow bent with handcuffs on her hands and a hood on her head.
“It’s like getting hit in the stomach, I saw those shots. It’s very sad especially for someone who knows her and her family and knows what she is like, what her opinions are and how kind she is, “said Robinson.
Ariel Atkins, who played with Griner at the Tokyo Olympics last year, feels the same: “I want to do everything I can to help her return home. It’s devastating. I can’t imagine how her family feels now. “
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Her agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas is also fighting for the four-time winner of the Women’s Euroleague. She regularly encourages the administration of US President Joe Biden to use all available means to get Griner home quickly and safely.
She recalled that 85 days had passed since her arrest on Friday.
WNBA Dallas Wings team coach Vickie Johnson also spoke in support of her good friend: “All I can do is continue to pray for her and her family. I hope she is physically and mentally OK. “
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