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    While Brittney Griner's Russian incarceration dominates headlines, another American woman is sitting behind bars in the same jail waiting for the world to take the same - or at least some - interest in her case.  Sarah Krivanek, also known as Sarah Rae Burns and Sarah Duncan, is a 46-year-old teacher and mother from Colorado who has been behind bars in Moscow since last year, when she was arrested for assaulting her abusive, drunk Russian boyfriend Mikhail Karavaev. He had beaten her up in a drunken rage and she retaliated by cutting him in the nose. Russian media states that she tried to slice it off, but she insists it was nothing more than a scratch.  The boyfriend has tried to retract his police claim but Sarah remains incarcerated. Her friends are now pleading for the White House to take notice in her case, which remains unresolved.  Griner was yesterday sentenced to nine years behind bars for smuggling a cannabis pen into the country. She was detained at Moscow airport shortly after arriving on a flight from the US. The 31-year-old WNBA...
    Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Politicon Fox News Contributor Tomi Lahren was not particularly sympathetic to WNBA star Brittney Griner after she was sentenced to nine years in Russian prison on Thursday morning for drug possession charges. Following an emotional plea in court, Griner was sentenced to more than nine years in jail after pleading guilty to the charges last month. Griner has been detained in Russia since February after authorities found 0.7 grams of cannabis oil in her luggage upon arrival to the country. Shortly after the sentencing, President Joe Biden released a statement from the White House, demanding Griner’s release immediately. The WNBA also released a statement condemning the basketball star’s sentencing. Once the news broke about Griner’s sentence, Lahren tweeted that Griner’s conviction is a “cautionary tale.” Lahren continued to argue that this is the consequence of thinking that America is “oppressive,” then finding out what “No justice looks like.” “Too bad too sad,” she concluded sarcastically. Brittney Griner is a cautionary tale. Hate America? Think it’s oppressive? Go to another country, play stupid games and...
    The US and Russia have indicated they are ready to hold talks over a prisoner swap, a day after basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted of drug smuggling and sentenced to nine years in prison for carrying less than a gram of cannabis oil through a Moscow airport. Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters in Cambodia that the Kremlin is “ready to discuss this topic, but within the framework of the channel that has been agreed by the presidents,” state news agency RIA Novosti reported. “There is a specified channel that has been agreed upon by [Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden], and no matter what anyone says publicly, this channel will remain in effect,” Lavrov reportedly said Friday at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit. Shortly later, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at the same summit that the US will “pursue” talks with Russia. “We put forward, as you know, a substantial proposal that Russia should engage with us on. And what Foreign Minister Lavrov said this morning and said publicly is...
    Russia has today confirmed for the first time that it is in talks to swap Brittney Griner for Viktor Bout, the notorious 'Merchant of Death' arms dealer who has been imprisoned in the US since 2010.  Speaking during a visit to Cambodia on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: 'We are ready to discuss this topic, but within the framework of the channel that was agreed upon by presidents Putin and Biden.'  He however warned that if US officials speak about the deal in the press - as they did before Griner's sentencing - it could jeopardize the swap. 'If the Americans decide to once again resort to public diplomacy, that is their business and I would even say that it is their problem.'  Griner was sentenced to nine years in a Russian penal colony yesterday after being found guilty of smuggling drugs into Moscow airport.  DailyMail.com reported exclusively yesterday that the deal to swap her for Bout was on the table, and could be completed within a matter of weeks. A source close to the negotiations said Biden's position...
    Getty Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is no stranger to making strong political statements. For those who may be tardy to the party, Irving elected to sit out of action during the 2021 season after the January 6 insurrection following the election of United States President Joe Biden. He also was not in favor of moving forward with the 2020 NBA Bubble following former police officer Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd that May. The Nets star also attributed his decision to not getting the New York City mandated COVID-19 vaccination because he wanted to be a voice for the voiceless. Now Irving has turned his attention to WNBA star Britney Griner’s situation. Griner has been detained in Russia since February 17 after vape cartridges with cannabis oil were found in her luggage at an airport in Russia where she had been playing basketball during the WNBA offseason. On August 4, the Phoenix Mercury star was found guilty and sentenced to 9.5 years in a Russian prison. Following her conviction, Irving is now imploring United States President Joe...
    Jim Watson-Pool/Getty Images President Joe Biden demanded the release of Brittney Griner after the WNBA star was sentenced to 9 years in prison in a Russian court. On Thursday morning, after delivering an emotional plea for leniency, Griner was sentenced to 9 more years in prison for possessing 0.7 grams of cannabis oil in vape cartridges that were found in her luggage. Griner entered a guilty plea to the charges last month. Within minutes, Biden demanded Russia release Griner “immediately” in a statement from The White House: Statement by President Joe Biden on the Sentencing of Wrongfully Detained American Brittney Griner Today, American citizen Brittney Griner received a prison sentence that is one more reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney. It’s unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends, and teammates. My administration will continue to work tirelessly and pursue every possible avenue to bring Brittney and Paul Whelan home safely as soon as possible. Griner and fellow detained American Paul Whelan...
    BRITTNEY Griner has been found guilty of allegedly smuggling drugs into Russia as the WNBA star faces up to 10 years in prison following conviction. The Phoenix Mercury star has been jailed in Russia since February after being arrested at Moscow airport when a scan allegedly revealed that she had cartridges containing "liquid with hashish oil" in her luggage. 3Brittney Griner has been found guilty of allegedly smuggling drugs into RussiaCredit: Reuters 3Griner was visiting Russia to compete for UMMC Ekaterinburg during the WNBA's off-seasonCredit: Reuters 3The WNBA star has been jailed in Russia since FebruaryCredit: EPA Russian prosecutors asked for a nine-and-a-half-year sentence and a fine of one million rubles ($16,590) despite Griner's guilty plea last month. Griner's verdict comes amid the Biden administration's recent efforts to secure her release by offering a prisoner swap of the WNBA star and former US Marine Paul Whelan for convicted Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout. The White House has reportedly been working on a deal to free the two US citizens in exchange for Bout, who's nicknamed the "merchant of death". Bout is serving a 25-year...
    A private school teacher jailed for 16 years in Russia after being caught with medical weed has blasted Joe Biden's attempts to free Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan but not him. Marc Fogel penned a furious letter home to Pittsburgh from his hellish penal colony, writing: 'Teachers are at least as important as bballers.' He spoke as wife Jane and his two nieces attempted to turn up the heat on Biden to push for his release after Fogel was arrested in August 2021. He had 17 grams of prescription marijuana hidden in a contact lens case, but the drug is totally forbidden in Russia. Fogel knew that, his son Ethan said, but believed he could get away with smuggling - only to find himself apprehended and jailed.  He was apprehended as he traveled to work at the $34,000-a-year Anglo-American School of Moscow. He planned to retire at the end of that academic year.   'There's a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that Marc will be left behind,’ said Fogel’s wife, Jane, to the Washington Post on Wednesday. Her...
    (CNN)This week's trial proceedings in Russia over WNBA star Brittney Griner's detention have shed more light on the details of her arrest, including her testimony that she wasn't provided key information on her rights granted under Russian law.Seated in a courtroom near Moscow Wednesday, Griner denied accusations from prosecutors of drug smuggling and said she did not intend to bring cannabis oil found in her luggage in February into Russia at all. Brittney Griner testifies she signed documents without understanding what they said after being stopped at Moscow airportGriner pleaded guilty to the charges earlier this month in an attempt to mitigate her sentence, which could be up to 10 years in prison. Her arrest and trial have been the source of international outcry, and the US State Department has classified her detention as wrongful.Yet as her trial is expected to continue into next month, CNN has learned the Biden administration offered Russia a prisoner exchange of Griner and fellow detained American Paul Whelan for a convicted Russian arms trafficker serving a 25-year sentence in the US -- a proposal...
    "Some people literally have NO idea what is it like to live in a dictatorship," Freedom continued. "Keep taking your freedom for granted." Freedom was hit with backlash for his pro-U.S. tweet he sent to James, and followed up with a clarification. "Sad to see so many people bashing U.S. when they have no idea what’s happening on the other side of the world. I’m not saying the U.S is perfect but if you ever visit China, Turkey, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, Qatar, Myanmar, Rwanda ... Then you will appreciate what you have here," Freedom said on Twitter. This isn't the first time that Freedom and James have butted heads. In October 2021, Freedom challenged LeBron and Nike to confront the Chinese Communist Party for its enslavement of Uyghur Muslims. The following month, Freedom wore shoes with an image of LeBron bowing to Chinese President Xi Jinping. LeBron dismissed Freedom's criticisms. "I think if you know me you know I don't really give too many people my energy and he's definitely not someone I will...
    MOSCOW, Russia -- American basketball star Brittney Griner is due back in a Russian court Thursday to resume a trial that was jolted last week when she abruptly pleaded guilty to drug possession charges.With the U.S. government under pressure at home to do more to secure her freedom, the guilty plea could be an effort to expedite the court proceedings so any negotiations could move forward. A senior Russian diplomat has said no action could be taken by Moscow until the trial was over.The Phoenix Mercury center and WNBA all-star was detained at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport in February while returning to play basketball in Russia. Police said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage. In custody ever since, Griner, 31, faces charges that could bring her a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.In pleading guilty during the previous court hearing on July 7, Griner said she had no intention of committing a crime and had acted unintentionally because she packed for Moscow in a hurry.SEE RELATED STORY: Brittney Griner says she's guilty in Russian court,...
    After his comments on Brittney Griner drew some criticism, LeBron James went back to social media to explain what he was really trying to say. Athletes around the sports world have been working to keep attention on Brittney Griner’s plight and keep the pressure on the government to secure her return to the US. Griner has been held by Russian authorities for more than four months on drug charges after allegedly being found with four vape cartridges containing cannabis in her luggage at a Moscow airport. LeBron was involved in an on-camera discussion recently and drew some heat for his wording. A trailer for a new episode of his HBO Max show The Shop included LeBron saying, “Now, how can she feel like America has her back? I would be feeling like, ‘Do I even wanna go back to America?'”What else did LeBron James say about Brittney Griner?His comments drew enough backlash that, LeBron took to Twitter to try and clarify his message, saying: “My comments on “The Shop” regarding Brittney Griner wasn’t knocking our beautiful country. I was simply...
    LeBron James says he was not bashing the United States by questioning the country's effort to bring imprisoned WNBA star Brittney Griner back from Russia, where she pleaded guilty to drug possession charges last week and now faces a decade behind bars. '[I] wasn't knocking our beautiful country,' the Los Angeles Lakers forward tweeted Tuesday. James took criticism after suggesting on a recent episode of his HBO show, The Shop, that Griner may not want to come back to the US due to a perceived lack of support from the Biden White House. Griner, who plays professionally in Russia during the WNBA offseason, was returning to the country in February, when police claim she was found in possession of cannabis oil at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. 'She's been there over 110 days,' James said in the clip of the episode, which premieres Friday. 'Now, how could she feel like America has her back? I would be feeling like, ''Do I even want to go back to America?''' With conservatives questioning James's loyalty to the US, the four-time NBA champion responded on...
    President Joe Biden spoke with the family of an American wrongfully detained in Russia a day after there was an outcry because he communicated with the family of another American imprisoned there. Biden spoke with Cherelle Griner, the wife of WNBA superstar Brittney Griner, on Thursday following a significant public push for such a call from the president, though the family of Paul Whelan, an American who is serving a 16-year prison sentence for allegedly being a U.S. spy, expressed frustration with what Elizabeth Whelan, his sister, described as "uneven" treatment for the families of Americans wrongfully detained abroad. LAWYER CLAIMS KREMLIN WOULD SWAP GRINER AND WHELAN FOR RUSSIAN ARMS DEALER So, the president reached out to Whelan on Friday, she told the Washington Examiner. "As you can imagine, I was extremely surprised to suddenly get a call from the president as I was walking down the street in [New York City]! He showed a great deal of concern and empathy about Paul's situation, and like Jake Sullivan had the day before, reassured me that the [United States government]...
    President Joe Biden called Elizabeth Whelan on Friday, the White House announced, the sister of a US Marine who has been imprisoned in Russia since 2018 on alleged espionage charges   Whelan's sister previously she was 'astonished' and 'crushed' by the fact that Biden has not called her family after he rang the wife of WNBA star Britney Griner, who just pleaded guilty to drug charges in Moscow. Biden reaffirmed on Friday that the US remains committed to bringing home Whelan and Griner, as well as other Americans being held abroad. A White House official said the government will continue to update Whelan's family.  'The U.S. government will continue to be in regular contact with Paul’s family, and with the families of other Americans held hostage or wrongfully detained abroad, to provide support and assistance and keep them updated on efforts to secure the release of their loved ones,' the official said. The update comes after Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to tell reporters whether Biden was planning on calling the imprisoned Marine's relatives. Jean-Pierre had been asked about Elizabeth Whelan's comments...
    CHICAGO -- Brittney Griner's guilty plea Thursday has not lessened the support the Olympic gold medalist continues to receive from her WNBA peers.The Phoenix Mercury All-Star pleaded guilty to drug possession charges on the second day of her trial in a Russian court in a case that could see her sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. The chance of Griner being convicted were considered extremely high before her plea."The WNBPA stands with Brittney Griner. With a 99% conviction rate, Russia's process is its own. You can't navigate it or even understand it like our own legal system," WNBAPA Executive Director Terri Jackson said in a statement. "What we do know is that the U.S. State Department determined that Brittney Griner was wrongfully detained for a reason and we'll leave it at that."Speaking through an interpreter, Griner told the court that she had no intention of committing a crime and had acted unintentionally because she had packed for Moscow in a hurry. The trial was then adjourned until July 14.Griner emphasized "that she had committed this act through negligence,...
    Brittney Griner’s guilty plea Thursday has not lessened the support the Olympic gold medalist continues to receive from her WNBA peers. The Phoenix Mercury All-Star pleaded guilty to drug possession charges on the second day of her trial in a Russian court in a case that could see her sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. The chance of Griner being convicted were considered extremely high before her plea. “The WNBPA stands with Brittney Griner. With a 99% conviction rate, Russia’s process is its own. You can’t navigate it or even understand it like our own legal system,” WNBAPA Executive Director Terri Jackson said in a statement. “What we do know is that the U.S. State Department determined that Brittney Griner was wrongfully detained for a reason and we’ll leave it at that.” Speaking through an interpreter, Griner told the court that she had no intention of committing a crime and had acted unintentionally because she had packed for Moscow in a hurry. The trial was then adjourned until July 14. Griner emphasized “that she had committed this...
    Brittney Griner's wife says she will no longer 'be quiet' as she pleads for President Biden to help release the WNBA star from a Russian jail after nearly five months of detention.  Her plea comes just one day after the athlete wrote a letter to the president saying she is 'terrified I might be here forever.'  Cherelle Griner has been working to get her wife out of jail since she was taken into custody in February after being arrested for allegedly having cannabis oil. She was charged with 'large scale transportation of drugs' and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Cherelle said there was 'no way possible' her wife could have done that. She also revealed that the Biden Administration originally told her they would 'handle [Brittney's arrest] behind the scenes' and to 'stay quiet.'  'I did that, and respectfully, we're over 140 days at this point, that does not work,' she told CBS Mornings on Tuesday. 'I will not be quiet anymore, I will find that balance between harm versus help and push our government to do everything...
    US basketball star Brittney Griner's wife has called the situation 'really difficult' ahead of Griner's trial in Russia for possession of narcotics after she was found with a vape cartridge containing hashish oil in February.  Griner's wife Cherelle spoke about Griner's detention to CNN and said it is 'not a situation where the rhetoric is matching the actions.'  She said she does not think the 'maximum amount of effort' is being put forward to get Griner home. Reports indicate that Griner's fate in court is linked to notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who earned the nickname 'Merchant of Death' after selling weapons around the world. Bout is currently serving a 25-year federal prison sentence in the US, and Russian officials have indicated they want him returned to Russia. It appears that Griner's arrest may be an effort by the Russian government to force the US to exchange Bout for Griner. WNBA star Brittney Griner appears in her first day of Russian court after being detained for having a vape cartridge containing hashish in February Prosecutors said Griner is being...
    Brittney Griner, a 31-year-old Black lesbian basketball player who plays in Russia during the offseason, has been held in Russia since she was arrested back in February at an airport in Moscow. Griner, a seven-time WNBA all-star and two-time Olympic gold medalist, has been held on allegations of attempted drug smuggling, with Russia saying she carried a cannabis vape cartridge in her bag. The offense would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison and her detention has already been repeatedly extended. Her trial is finally set to start on Friday, July 1, with Russia saying she’ll be detained at least through the duration of her trial. The U.S. State Department classifies Griner as being “wrongfully detained,” per CNN. Even so, national media has been relatively quiet when it comes to covering Griner’s time in Moscow. She appeared in person for a preliminary hearing on Monday, but otherwise, her connection to the outside world seems minimal. Her wife, Cherelle Griner, has been working hard to free Griner and get her home, but spoke to the Associated Press in detail about how frustrating and...
    US WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner arrives to a hearing at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow on June 27, 2022. – Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and WNBA champion, was detained at Moscow airport in February on charges of carrying in her luggage vape cartridges with cannabis oil, which could carry a 10-year prison sentence. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images) It’s been 130 days since Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia. The day count bears repeating, as her biggest advocates have reminded the world exactly how long she’s been wrongfully detained in Russia with each passing day. 130 DAYS. BRING BRITTNEY HOME. pic.twitter.com/m5BS3b5AX8 — Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) June 27, 2022 On Day 130, those campaigning to bring Brittney home got an update of sorts: they were finally able to see Griner’s face after months of silence during her detainment. American basketball star #BrittneyGriner arrives to a Russian court outside Moscow. Today’s “preliminary hearing” should set the schedule for a trial on drug charges. The US considers Griner “wrongfully...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov has refuted the suggestion that the arrest and detainment of WNBA star Brittney Griner in Russia amounts to political imprisonment. In an exclusive interview with NBC News that aired on Monday, Peskov claimed Griner is only being held captive for breaking the law.  And he equated her predicament with, 'hundreds and hundreds of Russian citizens that were sentenced for carrying hashish.'  'Why should we make an exemption for a foreign citizen?' Peskov argued. Griner, 31, was detained at a Moscow airport on February 17 after authorities there said a search of her bag revealed vape cartridges containing cannabis oil. NBC News' Keir Simmons observed that the US government is essentially treating Griner's detention like a hostage situation, but Peskov dodged. 'She violated Russian law, and now she's being prosecuted,' Peskov told NBC. 'It's not about being a hostage. There are lots of American citizens here. They're enjoying their freedoms … but you have to obey the laws.' The top Kremlin spokesman added that he strongly disagreed with the State Department's reclassification in May of Griner's arrest as 'wrongfully detained.'  ...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — WNBA star Brittney Griner tried to call her wife nearly a dozen times through the American embassy in Russia on the couple’s fourth anniversary Saturday, but they never connected since the phone line at the embassy was not staffed, Cherelle Griner said Monday. The couple has not spoken by phone in the four months since Griner’s arrest in Russia, where she remains jailed. That was to have changed Saturday, when a long-awaited call was to have finally taken place after getting Russian government approval. But the day came and went without any contact, leaving an anguished Cherelle Griner to wonder what went wrong and to suspect at least initially that Russian authorities had thwarted the call. On Monday, she said she learned from her wife’s lawyers a more distressing truth: Brittney Griner had actually tried to call 11 times over a period of several hours, dialing a number she’d been given at the U.S. embassy in Moscow, which the couple had been told would then patch the call through to Cherelle Griner in Phoenix. But each time,...
    MOSCOW -- The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner said Friday her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month.Alexander Boykov told The Associated Press he believed the relatively short extension of the detention indicated the case would come to trial soon. She has been in detention for nearly three months.She appeared for the brief hearing handcuffed, her dreadlocks covered in a red hoodie and her face held low.Boykov said, "We did not receive any complaints about the detention conditions from our client."Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was detained at a Moscow airport after vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage, which could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.RELATED: ABC13 speaks with Sen. John Cornyn about Trevor Reed return, Brittney Griner statusEMBED More News Videos Senator John Cornyn gives ABC13 an update on Trevor Reed's return and the status on Brittney Griner. The Biden administration says Griner, 31, is being wrongfully detained. The WNBA and U.S. officials have worked toward her release, without visible progress.The Russians have described...
    BRITTNEY Griner hid her face and hunched over following her court hearing as a judge denied her request for house arrest and will remain imprisoned in a Russian jail for another month. The shackled WNBA star was spotted wearing an orange Air Jordan sweatshirt during her hearing on Friday and was spotted leaving the courtroom with a hood up over her head. 2WNBA superstar Brittney Griner was photographed after her court hearing in Russia on FridayCredit: AP 2The Phoenix Mercury All-Star center has been jailed in Russia since February on alleged drug smuggling chargesCredit: AP After the hearing, Griner’s lawyer Alexander Boikov told the Associated Press that he believes the relatively short extension of the detention indicated the case would come to trial soon. The Phoenix Mercury All-Star center has been jailed in Russia since February on alleged drug smuggling charges - an imprisonment the Biden administration has determined to be unlawful. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and...
    The family of former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed has plenty to celebrate with Reed released from Russian captivity for the first time since 2019, but they had plenty of worries too when speaking with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Friday. Reed was serving a nine-year prison sentence after being convicted of drunkenly assaulting Moscow cops, charges his family has said he was innocent of. Reed was released as part of a prisoner exchange with the U.S. for Konstantin Yaroshenko, who himself was serving a 20 year sentence for drug smuggling. Joey Reed, Trevor’s father, got choked up multiple times in the interview, requiring his wife Paula Reed to step in. What had him so emotional was not just the fact that he had spent time with his son for the first time in years the night before, but also the fact that other Americans are still imprisoned in Russia, cases he said his son made sure to mention to his parents during their reunion. The other cases mentioned by Reed were that of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan, two...
    (CNN)An official from the US embassy in Moscow found US basketball player Brittney Griner to be "in good condition," after they were recently granted consular access to the American athlete who is being detained in Russia, US State Department spokesman Ned Price told CNN on Wednesday.The embassy official was granted consular access to Griner on Tuesday, according to Price, the first official government access given to Griner since she had been detained by Russia since mid-February. "We were able to check on her condition, we will continue to work very closely with her legal team, with her broader network, to see to it that she is treated fairly," Price told CNN's Poppy Harlow."Our official found Brittney Griner to be in good condition and we will continue to do everything we can to see to that it she is treated fairly throughout this ordeal," he added. Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and player for the WBNA's Phoenix Mercury, was arrested in February at a Moscow airport and accused by Russian authorities of smuggling significant amounts of a narcotic substance. --...
    Imprisoned WNBA star Brittney Griner's confinement in Russian prison has been extended until May 19, Russian state media reported Thursday. Griner, 31 who was arrested in February on an undisclosed date by Russian lawmen on suspicion of carrying a cannabis-filled vape on her way into the country, is being held captive in the unknown prison on drug charges. Weeks after the American's arrest, Russian state news agency TASS reported that the Khimkinsky court of the Moscow region ruled to detain Griner for at least two more months. 'The court granted the petition of the investigation and extended the term of U.S. citizen Griner's detention until May 19,' TASS quoted the court as saying. Ekaterina Kalugina, a member of Public Monitoring Commission, a semi-official body with access to Russian prisons, told TASS Griner was sharing a cell with two other women with no previous convictions, adding that Griner's only issue was that the prison beds were too short for her 6'7' frame. Without identifying Griner, a centre for the Phoenix Mercury, the Russian Customs Service said earlier this month a player...
    American female basketball players in Russia were completely unaware Brittney Griner had been arrested until they returned to America last week - ten days after she was locked up, DailyMail.com can reveal.  Griner, 31, is in an unknown Russian jail after being arrested on suspicion of carrying a cannabis-filled vape on her way into the country. She had just touched back down in Moscow from New York during a break from play from her Russian team, UMM Ekaterinburg.  Russian authorities have not confirmed the exact date she was arrested but it is thought to have been February 17.  Griner is one of dozens of international female basketball stars who go to Russia in their off-seasons to play for local teams. They are paid more handsomely but it's also a chance to keep themselves fit before returning to the WNBA.  After the war broke out, the US State Department issued an urgent warning to all Americans in Russia to get out.  All American female athletes heeded the advice. Griner - who was being paid $1.5million per season at UMM Ekaterinburg, six times...
    (CNN)The arrest of WNBA superstar and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner over alleged drug charges in Russia has left family members, friends and supporters with little information about her well-being and anxious for her safe return.And the heightened tension between the US and Russia over the latter's invasion of Ukraine means that a resolution may prove difficult to reach.Griner's wife, Cherelle, wrote on Instagram on Monday, "People say 'stay busy.' Yet, there's not a task in this world that could keep any of us from wondering if you are safe."My heart, our hearts, are all skipping beats everyday that goes by without hearing from you. I miss your voice. I miss your presence. You're our person! There are no words to express this pain. I'm hurting, we're hurting. We await the day to love on you as a family," she wrote.Over the weekend, she thanked supporters and asked for privacy "as we continue to work on getting my wife home safely."Itll be very difficult to get detained US basketball star Brittney Griner out of Russia, lawmaker saysRead MoreDebbie Jackson,...
    Brittney Griner’s wife, Cherelle, has thanked everyone for their support of the WNBA star, who was arrested last month in Russia. Brittney Griner was detained at a Moscow airport after Russian authorities said a search of her luggage revealed vape cartridges. They were identified as containing oil derived from cannabis, which could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The 31-year-old Griner, one of the most recognizable players in women’s basketball, has won two Olympic gold medals with the U.S., a WNBA championship with the Phoenix Mercury and a national championship at Baylor. She is a seven-time All-Star. Cherelle Griner posted a picture Sunday on Instagram of the couple. “Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me regarding my wife’s safe return from Russia. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated,” she wrote. “I love my wife wholeheartedly, so this message comes during one of the weakest moments of my life. I understand that many of you have grown to love BG over the years and have concerns and want details. Please honor our privacy as...
    (CNN)Family and friends of two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner are demanding the US basketball star be released after she was detained in Russia. The seven-time Women's National Basketball Association All-Star with the Phoenix Mercury basketball team was arrested in Russia after customs officials said they detected cannabis oil in her luggage at an airport near Moscow, The New York Times reported. The Russian news agency TASS cited a law enforcement source identifying the American woman who was arrested on drug charges as 31-year-old Griner, upon arriving from New York, the report said. Griner's ordeal comes as the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its second week. President Vladimir Putin on Saturday issued a series of threats against Ukraine and Western powers, saying the sanctions introduced on his country are "equivalent of a declaration of war." The Russian Federal Customs Service did not identify the woman as Griner in a statement quoted in a report from Russia's Interfax News Agency, which reads: "'As a US citizen was passing through the green channel at Sheremetyevo Airport upon arriving from New York, a...
    THE wife of American women’s basketball star Brittney Griner is pleading for her safe release following her arrest in Russia, describing the situation as 'weakest moment of my life'. Griner was detained in a Moscow airport after the Russian Federal Customs Service allegedly found vape cartridges that contained hashish oil in her luggage. 6Brittney’s wife, Cherelle Griner, has taken to social media to thank the people for their supportCredit: Instagram/Cherelle Griner 6Brittney Griner was detained in a Moscow airport after the Russian Federal Customs Service allegedly found vape cartridges that contained hashish oil in her luggage.Credit: Getty 6A video was shared on Telegram with the person putting her belongings through a scanner, with officials putting items in a plastic evidence envelope and sealing it shutCredit: Telegram Cannabis is illegal in Russia. Brittney’s wife, Cherelle Griner, has taken to social media to thank the people for their support. “I love my wife wholeheartedly, so this message comes during one of the weakest moments of my life,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “I understand that many of you have grown to...
    FEARS are growing that Vladimir Putin will use WNBA star Brittney Griner as a “high profile hostage” after her arrest in Moscow. Griner, 31, was detained last month after the Russian Federal Customs Service allegedly found vape cartridges that contained hashish oil in her luggage at the Sheremetyevo airport. 5A woman, thought to be Griner, was seen going through customs at a Moscow airportCredit: Telegram 5Fears are growing Griner, 31, will be used as a 'hostage' by Russia in its bargaining with the USCredit: Instagram 5Tensions between Russia and the US are extremely high over Vladimir Putin's invasion of UkraineCredit: AFP The seven-time WNBA All-Star center for the Phoenix Mercury and twice Olympic gold medallist with the US had flown in to play for her Russian basketball team during the WNBA off-season. There are fears Russia will use Griner as leverage with US-Russian relations deteriorating rapidly due to the Ukraine invasion by Putin’s troops. Griner faces up to 10 years in prison, if found guilty of the drug smuggling charges. “If we want her out of jail, Russia is going...
    Phoenix Sun center Brittney Griner, a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner and WNBA All-Star has been arrested at a Moscow airport after she was allegedly caught with a vape pen filled with cannabis. The arrest took place sometime last month, with an exact date not specified. Griner is believed to remain in custody in Russia on drug smuggling charges.  After flying in from New York, the 31-year-old basketball player was detained at the Sheremetyevo international airport after drug-sniffing dogs were drawn to her luggage, according to InterFax Russian news agency.  After the dog identified the bag, a customs agent used 'fluoroscopic equipment' to scan the contents and discovered the vape cartridges. Brittney Griner, right, and A'ja Wilson seen here checking the quality of her 2020 Olympic gold medal, which she help win for the U.S. Women's Basketball team 'The customs inspection of hand luggage carried by a US citizen confirmed the presence of “vapes” with a liquid with a specific smell, and an expert found that the liquid is a narcotic cannabis oil (hash oil),' according to the Russian customs service....
    WNBA player Brittney Griner is being detained in Russia after officials found hashish oil in her luggage at an airport near Moscow, according to a report in the New York Times on Saturday.The newspaper cited a statement from the Russian Federal Customs Service, which released video of an individual that appears to be the 6-foot-9 Griner going through airport security."We are aware of the situation with Brittney Griner in Russia and are in close contact with her, her legal representation in Russia, her family, her teams, and the WNBA and NBA," Lindsay Kagawa Colas, Griner's agent with Wasserman Group, told ESPN via statement Saturday. "As this is an ongoing legal matter, we are not able to comment further on the specifics of her case but can confirm that as we work to get her home, her mental and physical health remain our primary concern."Like many WNBA players, Griner, 31, has long played overseas in the winter months, most recently in Russia."Brittney Griner has the WNBA's full support and our main priority is her swift and safe return to the United...
    WNBA star Brittney Griner has reportedly been arrested in Russia on drug smuggling charges. The Russian Federal Customs Service said it had detained an American basketball player having found vape cartridges that contained hashish oil in her luggage at the Sheremetyevo airport near Moscow. 3Griner has reportedly been arrested in Moscow on drug smuggling chargesCredit: Instagram 3Griner is a seven-time WNBA All-Star center for the Phoenix MercuryCredit: Getty In a statement released by the Customs Service, it said the player had won two Olympic gold medals with the US, but the name of the player was not revealed. However, the Russian news agency TASS, citing a law enforcement sources, identified the player as Brittney Griner, 31. Griner is a seven-time WNBA All-Star center for the Phoenix Mercury. She also won gold medals with the US women’s national basketball team in 2021 and 2016. A video was also released by the Customs Service which showed a traveller at the airport that appeared to look like Griner and was wearing a mask and black sweatshirt, going through security. Most read in The...
    After Kate Fagan reported that Kim Mulkey urged Brittney Griner to hide her sexuality at Baylor, Fagan said the Hall of Famer asked ESPN to fire her. AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki ESPN's Kate Fagan wrote a 2013 profile of Baylor player-turned-WNBA superstar Brittney Griner. In the story, Fagan reported that former Baylor coach Kim Mulkey urged Griner to hide her sexuality. During a recent podcast, Fagan revealed that Mulkey tried to get her fired for writing the story. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Brittney Griner was a bona fide superstar during her college days with the Baylor Lady Bears. But her outspoken coach at the Waco, Texas, powerhouse — newly-minted LSU head coach Kim Mulkey — was not eager to celebrate every facet of her 6-foot-8 leading scorer's being. Facebook Icon The letter F. Follow Insider on Facebook Kim Mulkey. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports In a bombshell report published in 2013, then-ESPN writer Kate Fagan detailed how Mulkey urged Griner to hide her sexuality during her four-year career at Baylor. Now a writer for Dan Le Batard's...
    Big Brothers Most Brutal Blindsides 3 Well-Kept Retirement Planning Secrets You Need to Know Brittney Griner shares how she helped save family after ATV accident in Sedona While the WNBA was on hiatus, Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner enjoyed social distancing by going off-roading in Arizona. During the July Fourth weekend she was out riding in an ATV with friends in the Sedona desert when she saw a family doing the same. But when they started to take a corner around some brush, she realized they were about to crash. Griner jumps into emergency actionGriner jumped into action and shared the story with ESPN’s Holly Rowe from the WNBA “wubble” at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The Barrera family was out in an ATV of their own enjoying the day. It flipped and Griner said she saw it crush father Omar and daughter Emily when she came around the corner. “The first face I saw was Brittney’s face,” said Emily, who by random chance had met Griner years before at a store. Griner pushed the...
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