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Brittney Griner’s detainment extended by a month without explanation

 

Griner’s detainment is particularly difficult because of Russia’s ongoing brutal war against Ukraine. Griner may be viewed as a powerful asset to Russian president Vladimir Putin and she may be a hostage in response to American sanctions against the country because of its needless invasion.

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The longtime Phoenix Mercury star flew to Moscow to join her Euro League team, UMMC Ekaterinburg, in February. Griner has spent her international career in Russia since 2014, earning over $1 million per season, more than quadruple her yearly WNBA salary. She was detained at the airport when a search of her bags allegedly uncovered the vape cartridge.

Griner’s American teammates for UMMC Ekaterinburg, Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley, did leave Russia successfully months ago. Griner’s support system and the U.S. State Department had kept a low profile on Griner’s case until last week to not make her a more valuable asset to Putin

WNBA players and support from other parts of the U.S. government, have brought attention to Griner’s case since she was given wrongful-detainee status. The WNBA’s season officially began last week with the league adding floor decals with Griner’s initials and her number, 42, on the home-court sideline at every arena.

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