Cherelle Griner revealed in her first appearance since her partner Brittney Griner was detained in Russia in February that she “lay on this couch and wept my eyeballs out” when she first heard the news.
Following her arrest earlier this month, a Russian court prolonged the pretrial incarceration of WNBA standout and two-time Olympic gold winner Griner until at least June.
Brittney Griner had cannabis oil in her suitcase, according to Russian investigators, and has been charged with importing considerable amounts of a narcotic drug, a crime punishable by up to ten years in jail. Griner was unlawfully held, according to the State Department, three weeks ago.
Brittney Griner Has Been Detained In Russia
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier stated that the State Department is working on the matter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and that Cherelle Griner should contact out if she has any questions.
However, Griner stated that she is unsure if her wife is a priority in the manner suggested by Blinken. The Phoenix Mercury Center has been arrested since February 17 after vape cartridges purportedly carrying cannabis-derived oil were discovered in her luggage at a Moscow airport.
The Biden administration claimed earlier this month that Brittney Griner was being held illegally. Cherelle has discussed Griner’s issue with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, but not with the President. She expressed gratitude for the phone conversation, in which she was informed that Brittney Griner was a top priority, but she demanded action. Officials in Russia have framed Griner’s case as a criminal matter with no political overtones.
However, Moscow’s campaign in Ukraine has driven ties between the US and Russia to their lowest point since the Cold War.
Despite the tensions, Russia and the US exchanged prisoners last month, exchanging retired marine Trevor Reed for Konstantin Yaroshenko, a Russian pilot serving a 20-year federal prison sentence for plotting to smuggle cocaine into the US.