Wife of WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner calls for safe return
WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner’s ailing wife says she is in “one of the weakest moments of my life” because of Griner’s three-week detention in Russia on drug charges.
Griner, 31, who won the 2014 WNBA championship with the Phoenix Mercury and plays for a Russian team in the offseason, was arrested in February for allegedly having “cannibis oil” vape cartridges in her luggage at Moscow airport, according to Russian had news sources and a former teammate.
“Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me regarding my wife’s safe return from Russia,” Cherelle Griner wrote on Instagram on Saturday. “Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated.
“I love my wife with all my heart so this news comes at one of the most vulnerable moments of my life. I understand that many of you have come to love BG over the years and have concerns and want details. Please respect our privacy as we continue to work to get my wife home safely,” she continued.
Two-time Olympic champion Brittney Griner faces five to 10 years in prison if convicted of drug smuggling in Russia.
Russian media claimed that the vapes found in Griner’s luggage contained “cannabis oil” and that she was arrested as a “preventive measure.”
It’s unclear when Griner was arrested, and details of her detention remain unclear.
Her WBNA team, the Phoenix Mercury, confirmed a “situation in Russia” but gave no details.
Her arrest comes amid severely strained diplomatic relations between the US and Russia over the country’s invasion of Ukraine.