WNBA working to bring Brittney Griner home "safely and quickly," commissioner says
WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said Monday that the league is working with "everybody in our ecosystem" to bring WNBA star Brittney Griner home "as safely and quickly as we can."
Why it matters: Griner was arrested at an airport near Moscow and accused of smuggling significant amounts of a narcotic substance in early March after agents said they found cannabis oil in her luggage. The State Department has since warned that Kremlin security officials may "single out and detain U.S. citizens" in Russia and Ukraine.
- A Moscow court has extended Griner's detention until May 19, and it's unclear when she'll be able to return to the U.S. The U.S. embassy had limited contact with her in March.
What she's saying: "This is an unimaginable situation" for Griner, Engelbert said at the top of the WNBA Draft on Monday.
- "We are trying everything we can, every angle, working through with her legal representation, her agent, elected leaders, the administration, just everybody in our ecosystem to get her home as safely and quickly as we can."
- "She continues to have our full support," she added.
The big picture: Griner is not the only American whose detention has made headlines. Trevor Reed, a former Marine who has been wrongfully detained in Russia since 2019, is scheduled for an appeal hearing in a Russian court on Tuesday.
- Paul Whelan, another former Marine, has been detained since December 2018.