American Athlete Detained In Russia

WNBA player Brittney Griner is currently in jail in Russia.

She was apprehended after used hash oil cartridges were allegedly found in her bag.

The report also claims she was detained in late February.

From Zero Hedge:

One WNBA player has found herself in an exceedingly difficult legal situation after being arrested in Russia after customs officials reportedly accused her of smuggling drugs after allegedly finding used hash oil cartridges in her luggage. The player, believed to be American WNBA and former Olympic star Brittney Griner, was detained at Sherematyevo International outside Moscow.

Griner, 31,is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury.

She was reportedly detained in late February, meaning she has been in custody likely for at least a few days. Russia’s notoriously harsh drug smuggling laws mean she could face up to ten years in prison if convicted, the NYT reports.

Griner has won two gold medals as part of winning women’s basketball Olympic teams. She has been playing in Russia for years, along with many other WNBA players, who find that they can make more money playing in Russia during the WNBA off-season, according to the NYT.

She has played for played for the Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg for several years.

According to a statement from Russia’s Customs Service, a criminal case involving the American basketball player “has been opened into the large-scale transportation of drugs.”

While the Russian Customs Service said the detained player had won two gold medals, they only hinted at the player’s identity. But a spokesperson for Griner has apparently confirmed the arrest, and the league has published a statement saying it would stand by Griner through this difficult process.

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