According to reports, the United States has reclassified WNBA star brittney griner height as having been ‘wrongfully held’ by Russia.
In February, Griner was seized and held by the Russian Federal Customs Service when they discovered cannabis oil cartridges in her carry-on baggage. A accusation of narcotics smuggling may result in a jail sentence of up to ten years.
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“Brittney Griner, a U.S. citizen, was illegally held by the Russian Federation, according to the Department of State. Following this decision, Roger Carstens, the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, will head an interagency effort to secure Brittney Griner’s release “ESPN quoted a State Department source as saying.
The government’s new designation might signal a change in tactics for bringing Griner home. Her hearing is scheduled on May 19.
The league will continue to follow the situation in Russia and will continue to support Griner by paying her full wage.
Griner’s initials and jersey number will be displayed on the sidelines of every WNBA floor beginning Friday’s season opening.
“As we start the 2022 season, we’re putting Brittney at the forefront of everything we do in the game and in the community,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said. “We’re still working on getting Brittney home, and we appreciate the community’s support for BG and her family at this very trying time.”
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