For the first time in weeks, WNBA star Brittney Griner has been “seen.”
On Tuesday, Griner’s alleged mugshot was released by Russian State TV. Griner has been detained since February after Russian officials claim cannabis oil was found in her luggage at an airport near Moscow.
As a result, Russian officials launched a drug trafficking investigation into the 31-year-old Phoenix Mercury star.
If convicted, Griner could face 10 years in prison in Russia.
The mugshot is the only time anyone has seen or heard from Griner since her detainment.
Russian state TV has released a photo of WNBA star Brittney Griner, who was arrested on drug charges in the country after Russian officials say cannabis oil was found in her luggage. CNN's @RosaFlores has the story. pic.twitter.com/SzB9MSSQfY
— CNN (@CNN) March 8, 2022
Russian State TV claims the photo was taken at a local police station.
Despite the update, no one knows exactly when Griner was arrested or where she currently is being held.
“We love and support Brittney and at this time our main concern is her safety, physical and mental health, and her safe return home,” the Phoenix Mercury said in a statement.
Griner’s wife, Cherelle Griner, posted about the WNBA star’s detainment on social media and discussed the emotional toll it has taken on her while thanking all of the fans for their support while also requesting privacy during the difficult time.
“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 on Instagram.
“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 we continue to work on getting my wife home safely.”
USA Basketball is aware of and closely monitoring the legal situation facing Brittney Griner in Russia. Brittney has always handled herself with the utmost professionalism during her long tenure with USA Basketball and her safety and wellbeing are our primary concerns.
— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) March 5, 2022
For the last seven years, Griner has played for the Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg during the WNBA offseason. She last played on January 29 before a two-week break for the FIBA World Cup qualifying tournaments.
The United States has issued a “do not travel” advisory for United States citizens considering Russian travel amid the ongoing conflict with Ukraine.