Brittney Griner being jailed in Russia continues to be a hot topic of discussion. On Monday, a Moscow court set the start date for her trial for Friday and extended Griner’s detention by six more months, according to the Associated Press.
This is the fourth time Griner’s pre-trial detention was moved and it has become too much for her peers in the WNBA.
WNBA star A’ja Wilson addressed the latest Griner developments during a press conference and she was brought to tears.
“That’s a person. That’s someone’s wife and they can’t communicate with them,” she said.
The Phoenix Mercury star was arrested at a Moscow airport on Feb. 17 for alleged cannabis possession after officials said they found vape cartridges with hashish oil in her luggage. The 31-year-old could face 10 years in prison if convicted of large-scale transportation of drugs.
After months of speculation, the United States declared Griner “wrongfully detained” by the Russian government.
“I’ve got no higher priority than making sure that Americans who are being illegally detained in one way or another around the world come home,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, via CNN.com.
“That includes Paul Whelan, that includes Brittney Griner, that includes people in a number of other countries.”
A’ja Wilson scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and the Las Vegas Aces earned a 79-73 win over the host Los Angeles Sparks on Monday.
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