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    Getty Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. Held in Russia since February 2022, Brittney Griner has been in prison with little to no contact with the outside world. The United States has said she has been wrongfully detained, yet Russia has not answered that and held firm that she broke the law. When Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry hosted the ESPYs in June, he wore a Griner jersey and called on the community to be strong and continue to support her. “There are a lot of people working hard right now to secure Brittney’s release, but as we hope for the best, we urge the entire global sports community to continue to stay energized on her behalf.” WNBA star Brittney Griner’s verdict finally came down on August 4, and she was sentenced to nine years in prison, a sentence that was expected but caused frustration amongst many Americans. The verdict sent shockwaves across the basketball world, as the hashtag #FreeBG went viral. Many stars across different sports expressed support and publicly denounced the Russian government for...
    (CNN)LeBron James has addressed Brittney Griner's detainment in a new video, just one week after comparisons between the two stars went viral.In a trailer for a new episode of "The Shop: Uninterrupted," in which James chats about current events with guests in a setting mimicking a barbershop, James addressed the WNBA star's ongoing detainment in Russia."Now, how can she feel like America has her back?" James said, in the 30-second trailer released Tuesday. "I would be feeling like, 'Do I even want to go back to America?'" The quote comes after comparisons between James and Griner went viral, when Griner's Phoenix Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard told reporters that if James were in the same situation, he would be home."If it was LeBron, he'd be home, right? It's a statement about the value of women. It's a statement about the value of a Black person. It's a statement about the value of a gay person. All of those. We know it," Nygaard said at the time.Read MoreJames had not previously addressed the comparison. Griner was first arrested at a Moscow airport...
    Singer Macy Gray is accusing NBC’s Today show of refusing to allow her band to wear T-Shirts with the slogan “Free Brittney Griner” on them during Thursday’s broadcast. Gray’s keyboardist, Billy Wes, was seen entering the studios on Thursday morning wearing one of the T-Shirts. Still, when the segment aired, neither he nor his bandmates wore the shirts calling for Russia to release the WNBA player from jail, the New York Post reported. “They made me turn it inside out. They said I couldn’t wear it, so I had to turn it outside out. But y’all know what time it is: free Brittney,” the musician said. Today show blocked Macy Gray, band from wearing Free Brittney Griner shirts, singer claims https://t.co/xrOyvxdlE6 pic.twitter.com/vPFCCXGMAa — New York Post (@nypost) July 8, 2022 Gray added that the network’s decision to ban the shirt “really bummed me out.” “We wanted to wear them on the show, and they said no because I guess something happened,” Gray said. Gray added that she does not think the Griner situation is a political issue. “I don’t think...
    Brittney Griner's wife, Cherelle, has called out the US over the WNBA star's detainment in Russia as she opens up about the "difficult situation." Brittney has been detained for more than 130 days after a scan of her belongings at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport revealed that she allegedly had cartridges containing liquid with hashish oil. 2Griner has been detained for more than 130 daysCredit: AFP 2Cherelle Griner spoke to CNNCredit: CNN "It's difficult," Cherelle Griner said, speaking to CNN. "It's really, really difficult. "This is not a situation where the rhetoric is matching the action. "And so I can't just take the fact that this is somebody's job to bring home my wife and go off grid and focus to that degree. I can't do that. READ MORE ON BRITTNEY GRINERSTAR'S ORDEAL Brittney Griner looks shaken as detention extended & she faces 10yrs in jailSTAR DETAINED American WNBA star Brittney Griner arrested in Russia on 'drug charges' "I do have to, unfortunately, also push people to make sure the things they're telling me is also matching their actions," Cherelle said. "And so it has...
    Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry joins countless NBA and WNBA athletes in calling on Russia to release Brittney Griner from unlawful detainment. It’s been 113 days now since Brittney Griner was wrongfully detained in Russia, and everyone from Dawn Staley to Breanna Stewart to Magic Johnson is calling on the U.S. government to bring her home. At the premiere of "Dream On," @dawnstaley shared her thoughts on Brittney Griner, who has been detained in Russia for 112 days. pic.twitter.com/Mlab2uXpbU — ESPN (@espn) June 9, 2022 It has been 112 days since our friend, Brittney Griner, has been wrongfully detained in Russia. It is time for her to come home. @WhiteHouse, we are paying attention and we are counting on you. #WeAreBG — Breanna Stewart (@breannastewart) June 10, 2022 It’s been 112 days since Brittney Griner was wrongfully detained in Russia. I urge and fully support the efforts of the U.S. Government and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to bring Brittney home quickly and safely. This is unacceptable! — Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) June 9, 2022 Griner’s detention...
    (CNN)NBA Commissioner Adam Silver admitted the league had lost "hundreds of millions of dollars" in revenue following a controversial fallout with China in October 2019. A tweet in support of pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong by then-Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey sparked a diplomatic storm between the NBA and China. After the league had initially distanced themselves from Morey's tweet, expressing regret for offending "friends and fans in China," Silver later came out in support of the coach in terms of his freedom of expression.Chinese state-run television network CCTV subsequently stopped airing NBA games in the country due to "strong dissatisfaction" over Silver's comments, before ending their blackout in March by broadcasting the Los Angeles Clippers' game against the Utah Jazz.Speaking at his customary press conference ahead of the NBA Finals on Thursday, Silver told reporters he believed "positive" steps had been made, regardless of the financial cost.Read MoreCeltics mount huge fourth-quarter comeback to stun the Warriors in Game 1 of NBA Finals"My position is ... engagement is positive, particularly through sports," Silver said."To keep people safe and prosperous,...
    Griner has pleaded not guilty to the drug charges. In March, Evelyn Farkas, former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia and Ukraine, said that she fears Russia may try to use Griner as a "high-profile hostage" and added that if the U.S. wanted Griner out of jail and safely back on U.S. soil, that Russia would likely have some "terms." "It could be a prisoner swap," Farkas explained. "They could also use it as an implicit threat or blackmail to get us to do something or not do something. Either way, they find it useful."
    (CNN)Ahead of Monday's WNBA draft, league commissioner Cathy Engelbert reaffirmed the league's commitment to helping bring Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner home. "I did want to start by saying we continue to be working diligently on bringing Brittney Griner home. This is an unimaginable situation for BG to be in," Engelbert said Monday in her opening remarks to reporters. Griner, who plays for Russian powerhouse UMMC Ekaterinburg during the WNBA offseason, has been detained by Russian authorities since mid-February. She was arrested in February at a Moscow airport and accused of smuggling significant amounts of a narcotic substance -- an offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison.Griner was the No. 1 pick in the 2013 WNBA draft and is one of the league's all-time best players. Brittney Griners case speaks to larger issues plaguing America"She continues to have our full support, and she's just been such a great person in the league. I can't be any more real about the situation that she's in," Englebert said. "Certainly, we're trying everything we can, every angle, working through with her...
    (CNN)Basketball legend Lisa Leslie told the "I am Athlete" podcast that she was told not to make a "big fuss" over Brittney Griner's arrest by Russian authorities."What we were told, and again this is all sort of passed along through hearsay, but what we were told was to not make a big fuss about it so that they could not use her as a pawn, so to speak, in this situation in the war," Leslie said in a clip of the interview released Friday. "So, to make it like it's not that important or don't make it where we're like, 'Free Brittney' and we start this campaign, and then it becomes something that they can use."Leslie, who was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015, played 12 seasons in the WNBA with the Los Angeles Sparks, leading the team to championships in 2001 and 2002. In her career, Leslie, a 6-foot-5 center, was a three-time WNBA MVP and two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year. Now 49, Leslie retired after...
    Whether or not you follow women’s basketball, the name Brittney Griner is one all of us should know. Why? Because Griner has been detained in Russia since February, and according to Tass (a state-owned news agency in Russia) she’ll continue to be held until at least May 19, according to the Associated Press. On what charges? Well, that’s where things get extra murky. Griner was detained at an airport in Moscow in February over allegations of vape cartridges containing hashish oil (derived from cannabis) in her luggage. These charges carry a maximum penalty of ten years in prison. But the relative silence and lack of information about the arrest has many people worried about this being a setup. Griner is an Olympic athlete with two gold medals under her belt, a seven-time All-Star, and undoubtedly one of the best and biggest names in sports today, period. She is also an openly gay Black woman married to another woman, which makes her detainment in Russia even more concerning. If you’re wondering why she would be in Russia, to begin with, it’s because...
    WNBA superstar Brittney Griner was detained in Russia on Saturday on drug trafficking charges after hashish oil was discovered in her luggage by customs officials.  Phoenix Mercury star and WNBA icon Brittney Griner was detained in Russia on Saturday after customs officials discovered what they determined to be an illegal drug in her luggage. According to the New York Times, Russian officials took Griner into custody after hashish oil was discovered among her belongings. While news of Griner’s detainment is just now reaching the States, the official report from the Russian Federal Customs Service didn’t specify a date for the incident, so it’s unclear how long she’s been in custody. While cannabis is legal in certain parts of Europe and the United States, where Griner plays professionally both during the WNBA season and its offseason, the charge Griner is facing carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Here’s everything we know. Please note that this is an ongoing situation and this will be updated with new information as it becomes available.Why was Brittney Griner detained in Russia?Due to a...
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