WNBPA calls on Biden, Harris to help free Brittney Griner from detention in Russia

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The WNBA’s Players Association on Saturday called on the White House, President Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris to do whatever is necessary to bring Brittney Griner back to the U. S.

The plea comes after the WNBA star's pre-trial detention was extended one month after her arrest in Russia.

"Today’s news on Brittney Griner was not unexpected, and the WNBA continues to work with the U. S. government to get BG home safely and as soon as possible," the league said in a statement.

Griner's lawyer, Alexander Boykov, said he believed the short extension would mean her trial would happen soon.

Griner was arrested in February for allegedly carrying vape cartridges containing oils derived from cannabis through an airport. Diplomats from the U. S. Embassy in Moscow spoke with Griner Friday and reported she "is doing as well as can be expected in these circumstances," State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

Over the weekend, the WNBPA and its members partnered with Tamryn Spruill, a journalist who created a Change.org petition that demanded legislators work urgently to gain the swift and safe release of Griner.

WNBA players speaking out about the petition included New York Liberty guard Sami Whitcomb and Washington Mystics stars Alysha Clark an... (Read more)