Since February, Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner has been “wrongfully detained by the Russian government” after Russian officials arrested her in a Moscow airport for alleged possession of hashish oil.
According to NPR, her pre-trial detainment was extended by a month in March.
Griner has since received an outpouring of support from A-list athletes, including the biggest name in basketball, LeBron James. The four-time MVP spoke up for the release of Griner from Russian detainment via Twitter on Monday night.
“For over 100 days, B.G. has faced inhumane conditions in a Russian prison and has been denied communications with her family and loved ones. As a decorated Olympian and member of an elite global sport community, B.G.’s detention must be resolved out of respect for the sanctity of all sport and for all Americans traveling internationally. It is imperative that the U.S. Government immediately address this human rights issue and do whatever is necessary to return Brittney home.”There are steps on the statement that include ways to help Griner and a Q.R. code that helps spread awareness.
Griner is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist with Team USA and a seven-time WNBA All-Star with the Phoenix Mercury.