Brittney Griner, star of the WNBA, was arrested in Russia for possession of narcotics
The American player Brittney Griner, star of the WNBAwas arrested at a Russian airport accused of having cartridges with hashish oil for vaping in her luggage, The New York Times reported on Saturday.
The newspaper, citing sources from the customs service and the Russian agency TASS, assured that Griner was arrested in February but could not specify the day.
In a video released by the Russian customs service, a woman with the appearance of Griner appears passing a security check and, later, airport workers are seen checking her luggage.
The New York Times assured that the Russian authorities have opened a case for “large-scale drug transportation”, which could carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
Both the WNBA and the league's players' union today showed their support for Griner and their confidence that she can return to the US as soon as possible.
Griner, 31, is with Diana Taurasi the main reference of the phoenixmercurywith which he won the WNBA in 2014.
The Mercury played the WNBA final last year but ended up falling to the chicago sky.
Regarded as one of the most dominant centers in the league, Griner is a seven-time WNBA All-Star and also has two Olympic gold medals with the US team.
Like other American players, Griner took advantage of the months when there is no WNBA competition to play in Russia, where her salary in the UMMC Yekaterinburg (more than a million dollars per season) is more than four times higher than the maximum that can be received by agreement in the WNBA (228,094 dollars as a cap for this course).
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