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NBA Commish Says He’s Working To ‘Expedite’ Release Of Brittney Griner


A young Phoenix Mercury fan holds up a sign “Free Brittney Griner” during a WNBA basketball game against the Las Vegas Aces, Friday, May 6, 2022, in Phoenix. Griner has been detained in Russia since Feb. 17 after authorities at the Moscow airport said they found vape cartridges that allegedly contained oil derived from cannabis in her luggage. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb) Nearly four months after Brittney Griner was arrested in Russia for carrying THC vape cartridges through an airport security checkpoint, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he’s diligently working on securing the Phoenix Mercury star’s release.
“It’s been now over 100 days since she’s been illegally held in Russia,” Silver says. “I think it’s something that all of us should be heard on, contacting your representatives and others. I will only say we are working in lockstep with the U.S. government and outside experts on trying to expedite her release in any way we can. Certainly, our hearts go out to her and her family and are just eager for her safe return.”
Silver adds he and WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert have been working “side by side” with the White House, the State Department and hostage negotiators to make sure Griner “gets out of Russia.” Brittney has been receiving email from teammates and has been able to respond according to ESPN.

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