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The Washington Mystics have openly expressed their support for Brittney Griner, who was arrested in Russia in February for allegedly bringing vape cartridges containing cannabis-derived oils through a Moscow airport.
Griner was top of the list for the WNBA and its 12 teams on Friday night. A “BG 42” sticker was affixed to each pitch at the start of the 2022 season.
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After the Mystics defeated the Indiana Fever 84-70, Natasha Cloud read a statement from the team.
“It’s been 78 days since our friend, teammate, sister Brittney Griner was wrongfully detained in Russia. It’s time for her to come home. Know that we are watching, we are paying attention. We are BG,” said Mystics . mentioned.
The US State Department has determined that Russia “wrongfully detained” the Phoenix Mercury center during its February arrest, an official said in a statement to Fox News Digital on Tuesday.
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She is scheduled to have a hearing in Russia on May 19.
“The well-being and safety of American citizens abroad are among the highest priorities of the U.S. government,” a State Department spokesperson said. “The State Department has determined that the Russian Federation wrongfully detained U.S. citizen Brittney Griner.
“With this determination, the President’s Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs, Roger Carstens, will lead the interagency team tasked with securing the release of Brittney Griner.”
Fox News Digital also confirmed that Bill Richardson, the former governor of New Mexico and US ambassador for the Clinton administration, has agreed to help work on the Griner case. Richardson helped secure the release of American journalist Danny Fenster from a Burmese prison in November.
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Griner’s family asked Richardson and the Richardson Center to work on his behalf to secure his return to the United States.