Brittney Griner cannot catch a break.
The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner said Friday her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month.
Photos taken at the hearing show Griner leaving a courtroom outside Moscow handcuffed and wearing an orange sweatshirt with the hood pulled over her head.
Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was detained at the Moscow airport after vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage, which could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
She has been behind bars since February 17th. The only witnesses appear to be Griner and the airport border guards who allegedly found the drugs.
“I have every expectation they will drag out the process as much as possible,” William Pomeranz, a professor of Russian law and the acting director of the Kennan Institute, told Yahoo Sports last month. “I think that essentially and unfortunately, Brittney is in the equivalent of a hostage situation. Russia has previously in this position proposed different prisoner exchanges for Russian citizens who have been convicted of illegal arms sales or drugs sales. I’m sure the Russians would at some point be happy to exchange Brittney for one of them.”
Hopefully, she can get home soon.