Russian Federation Customs said the Russian press TASS had detained an American basketball player identified as Brittney Griner. The Phoenix Mercury star was detained after authorities said he had found an arc cartridge containing hashish oil in his luggage at Sheremetyevo International Airport.
The Russian Federation Customs has released a video of Greener appearing to be moving to an airport adjacent to Moscow when the cargo is removed from the cargo.
According to a statement released by the Russian Federation Customs Get the New York TimesA criminal proceeding was filed in Russia for “massive drug transport” sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.
“We are aware of and closely monitoring the situation in Brittney Griner in Russia,” Phoenix Mercury said in a statement on Saturday. “We are in constant contact with her family, her representatives, the WNBA, the NBA. We love and support Britney. Our main concern at this time is her. Safety, physical and mental health, and her safe return. “
Detention was carried out as Russia continued its military invasion of Ukraine, causing hundreds of casualties and destruction in major cities in Ukraine.
Seven-time WNBA All-Star Greener was competing for UMMC Yekaterinburg in Russia. WNBA players, including active MVP John Kell Jones, have evacuated Russia and Ukraine as the escalation continues, and FIBA bans Yekaterinburg and other Russian teams from participating in the Euroleague playoffs starting Tuesday. Did.
“Several WNBA players in Ukraine this offseason are no longer in the country,” WNBA told ESPN in a statement on Sunday, adding that the league was in contact with Russian players.