Brittney Griner’s Detention In Russia Extended; House Arrest Request Denied

Brittney Griner center for Phoenix Mercury at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix,AZ USA May 23,2017.


Brittney Griner will remain behind bars in Russia for the immediate future.

On Friday, a judge denied the WNBA star’s request for house arrest. As a result, she will remain detained for at least the next 30 days. It marked the second time that Griner’s request for house arrest has been denied by a judge in the Russian courtroom.

Despite the extension of her detainment, Griner’s attorney Alexander Boikov told the Associated Press that he believes a trial in the case could be coming soon.

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.

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.

While Griner is being detained, the WNBA is honoring her with a “BG42” logo on every court until she is released.

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