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'Wrongfully Detained' Griner Appears in Russian Court

WNBA star's pre-trial detention has been extended by a month

(Newser) - The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner said Friday her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month. Alexander Boykov tells the AP he believes the relatively short extension of the detention indicates the case would come to trial soon. She has been in detention for nearly three...

US Changes Status of WNBA Star's Detention

White House deems Brittney Griner wrongfully detained in Russia

(Newser) - The Biden administration has determined that WNBA star Brittney Griner is being wrongfully detained in Russia and will aggressively work to secure her release, two US officials told the AP , speaking on the condition of anonymity. The new classification means her case will be handled by the US Special Presidential...

Two Months After Griner's Arrest in Russia, Few Answers

WNBA star remains detained on drug charges

(Newser) - For another person in another country at another time, the case might have been a minor matter: an American citizen detained at an airport for allegedly possessing a cannabis derivative legal in much of the world. But the circumstances for Brittney Griner couldn’t have been worse, per the AP...

Russia Finally Gives US Access to Brittney Griner

State Department rep says WNBA star appears to be in 'good condition'

(Newser) - An American official has now laid eyes on WNBA champ Brittney Griner in Russia, and she's reportedly "in good condition." TMZ reports State Department rep Ned Price on Wednesday told CNN that the US has been granted consular access to Griner by Russia, and that a US...

First Footage of Detained WNBA Star Surfaces

Russia extends detention of Brittney Griner until at least May 19

(Newser) - For WNBA star Brittney Griner, there will be no quick release from Russia . A court in Moscow on Thursday extended her detention until May 19 as an investigation into drug charges against her continue, reports CNN . The 31-year-old, who plays in Russia during the WBNA offseason, was arrested at a...

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Getting Brittney Griner Out of Russia Won't Be Easy

WNBA star is in custody, was one of dozens of players who also compete overseas

(Newser) - News emerged over the weekend that Russia had arrested WNBA star Brittney Griner and was holding her on drug charges. Now, big questions linger over her fate, all of which are complicated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Coverage:
  • The arrest: Griner, an All-Star player with Phoenix in the WNBA,
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Russia: We Have WNBA Star in Custody

Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner was reportedly detained last month for having 'vapes'

(Newser) - Russia says it arrested an American WNBA star last month on drug charges, and a law enforcement official who spoke to the Russian news agency Tass says it's the Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner. Per an Interfax release , the nation's Federal Customs Service says that in February, a...

WNBA's Griner, Fiancee in Domestic Violence Bust

WNBA star, Glory Johnson arrested after alleged fight at home in Phoenix

(Newser) - Phoenix Mercury standout player Brittney Griner and fiancee and fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson were arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct following a fight at their home in a Phoenix suburb. The two 24-year-olds were booked into jail in Phoenix following their arrests yesterday and later released. Agents...

WNBA Star Griner Knifed in Odd China Attack

Man followed players onto bus, ranting

(Newser) - WNBA star Brittney Griner felt fortunate to be OK after getting cut on the elbow in a knife attack in China. The 6-foot-8-inch Griner sustained a small cut when she was attacked by a man while boarding a bus after practice Monday in Shenyang. The man, who followed the players...

Grow Up, Folks, Lay Off Baylor's Brittney Griner

Enough with the 'man' jokes, say two writers

(Newser) - Brittney Griner is a force in women's college basketball, the proof being Baylor's shiny new trophy . The 21-year-old also happens to be 6-foot-8 and muscular, and she speaks in a low voice. Cue the "she's-a-man" jokes on Twitter and elsewhere. (Notre Dame's coach said after...

Griner, Baylor Win Title, Cap Perfect 40-0 Season

Baylor star dominates NCAA women's championship game

(Newser) - Brittney Griner's place in women's basketball history is secure. Blocking layups, snagging rebounds, hitting shots over two and three helpless defenders, she towered over the competition all season long to earn player of the year and outstanding player of the NCAA tournament honors. She was simply dominant in...

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