Brittney Griner’s Russian detention has been extended by two months
Brittney Griner is in detention in Russia. © Jean Catuffe / Getty Images
Brittney Griner, the 6ft 9in WNBA star, has been held in Moscow since February after she was detained by immigration officials after allegedly attempting to enter Russia while in possession of illegal contraband.
Despite calls from the likes of Hillary Clinton, Griner’s detention has been extended by two months per the judgement of a Moscow court on Thursday – but who exactly is Griner, and what has she been accused of doing?
Who is Brittney Griner?
Griner, 31, is a former number one pick in the WNBA draft after being selected first overall in the 2013 class of collegiate athletes by the Phoenix Mercury out of Baylor University. She soon collected her first and only WNBA championship the following year, and is a seven-time All-Star as well as a two-time WNBA scoring champion.
She is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist representing the United States and is considered by many to be the best female basketball player of all time – as well as being among the world’s most prominent gay athletes.