Wednesday, March 23, 2022

State Department Granted Access to Brittney Griner

Last month it was revealed that WNBA player Brittney Griner had been detained in Russian after drug sniffing dogs at the Moscow airport found vape pens and hashish oil cartridges in her luggage [click here if you missed that]. 

Now the State Department has been been granted access..

U.S. consular officials were able to visit with WNBA star Brittney Griner in Russia for the first time Wednesday and reported that she was doing "well."
"A U.S. consular official was able to verify that she is doing as well as can be expected," U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Wednesday. "We'll continue to work closely with her legal team and her broader network."
Griner has been in custody since Feb. 17 on charges that she attempted to smuggle vape cartridges containing hashish oil into Russia. The U.S. State Department had said Russian officials were denying them access to Griner and two American men who are in custody, contrary to international-law requirements.
Griner has been communicating with her family through her Russian attorneys, and a source close to her told ESPN last week that they knew she was "OK."