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WNBA star Brittney Griner seen for first time since Russia arrest, pre-trial detention extended

  • May 13, 2022

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WNBA star Brittney Griner made her first public appearance in a Russian courtroom since she was arrested in February for allegedly trying to carry vape cartridges containing oils derived from cannabis through an airport.

The 6-foot-9 center for the Phoenix Mercury was seen in handcuffs wearing an orange hoodie with her hood over her head. Griner’s pre-trial extension was extended for one month. She was set to have her first hearing over the allegations, which if found guilty can carry a penalty of 10 years in prison.

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WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner leaves a courtroom after a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner leaves a courtroom after a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

“With this determination, the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens will lead the interagency team for securing Brittney Griner’s release.”

Fox News Digital also confirmed Bill Richardson, the former governor of New Mexico and a U.S. ambassador for the Clinton administration, agreed to help work on the Griner case. Richardson helped secure the release of American journalist Danny Fenster from a Burmese prison in November.

Griner’s family requested Richardson and the Richardson Center to work on her behalf to secure her return to the U.S.

FILE – Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner pauses on the court during the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Sept. 3, 2019, in Phoenix.
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

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The WNBA has kept her top of mind as the season began. The “BG 42” decal was placed on each of the 12 courts in the league. Players have called for her return to the U.S. as well.

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