An American basketball star’s lawyer says a Russian court has extended Britney Greener’s pretrial custody for a month.
Alexander Boykov told the Associated Press on Friday that he hoped the relatively short extension of the detention period would lead to a trial soon.
Greiner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and all-star center for the Women’s National Basketball Federation (WNBA), was arrested in February for carrying an e-cigarette pod containing marijuana oil in his luggage at the Russian capital airport. .
She attended a brief hearing on Friday with handcuffs, her dreadlocks covered with a red hoodie and her face low.
“We have not received any complaints from clients regarding the terms of custody,” his lawyer Boykov said.
His detention came amid intense tensions between Russia and the U.S. over Russia’s continued incursion into Ukraine, and the administration of US President Joe Biden has stepped forward to gain green light.
State Department spokeswoman Ned Price said a consular official at the US embassy in Moscow attended the hearing on Friday.
Speaking to reporters during a phone briefing, Price said Washington was monitoring the case “very closely” and consular officials had spoken to Greener.
“The authorities were able to confirm that Brittany Griner was working as expected, which can only be described as very difficult,” Price said.
U.S. officials now classify his arrest as “false detention.”
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
But under federal law, detention involves a number of factors, including whether the detainee is American or whether the detainee has been denied due process.
– Brainna Stewart (@breannastewart) 13 May 2022
Grener, who plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, played club basketball in Russia before the resumption of the US season, a practice common among players who earn more in foreign leagues than domestic teams.
The 31-year-old has spent the last seven years in Russia during the WNBA off-season, earning more than $ 1 million per season, which is four times her WNBA salary.
Griner’s USA basketball team members broke their silence during his detention last month and said they hoped everyone would find a safe home for him.
USA basketball and Seattle Storm WNBA player Brenna Stewart tweeted Thursday night: “It’s been 84 days since our friend Brittany Greener was wrongly detained in Russia. It’s time for them to go home.”
“@Whitehouse, we see and we depend on you,” she wrote.
In early May, it was announced that all 12 teams in the WNBA League would place his first letters and numbers on his home court in honor of Greener.
“When we start the 2022 season, we will put Britain at the forefront of basketball and the community game,” WNBA Commissioner Kathy Engelbert said in a statement. “We will continue to work hard to bring Brittany home and thank the community for the support she provided to BG and her family during this extremely challenging time.”
This week, the National Basketball Association’s Phoenix Sons paid tribute to Greener with the same court decal, saying it would be there for the rest of the NBA playoffs.
A family. #WeAreBG
– Phoenix Sons (@ Sons) 10 May 2022