More politicians are participating in expressing concerns about the welfare of WNBA star Brittney Griner, who is currently detained on drug charges in Russia.
US House of Representatives Colin Allred (D-Texas) talked about Greener on Wednesday. Both are Baylor graduates, with the House of Representatives playing soccer in Baylor from 2001 to 2005 and Greener being a member of the women’s basketball team from 2009 to 2013.
According to Allred, Greener was detained in Russia on February 17. She was on her way back to the country to play for UMMC Yekaterinburg, a team that accommodates multiple WNBA players during the WNBA off-season.
Greener was reportedly detained after Russian authorities found hashish oil in his luggage. According to a statement released by the Russian Federation Customs Get the New York Times, The criminal case was opened to “massive drug transport”. If convicted, the crime can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.
“My office is in contact with the Department of State and we are working with the Department of State to find the best way to move forward.” Allred said, A member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “I know the administration is trying to access her and help her here, but obviously it’s also happening in the context of a really tense relationship. From embassies and consulates to her I think it’s really unusual that you aren’t allowed access to. “
Allred also added that Russia’s criminal justice system, unlike that of the United States, is called “opaque.”
“We don’t have much insight into where she is currently in the process,” he said. “But she’s been detained for three weeks now, which is very worrisome.”
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine brought US embassy officials back to Moscow. The State Department also warned all American citizens of Russia and urged them to leave. However, Allred does not believe it will affect the US ability to defend Greener.
“I’m sure her Russian lawyer is going through this process,” he said. “But for those who hold it, especially those who hold it abroad, every day is a lifetime. For her friends and family, I realize that this must be a very difficult time. And for her, I’m convinced that the uncertainty about what’s going on is probably terrible, and hopefully, whatever happens, move it quickly and kick her out. I can.”