WNBA Mystics voice support for Brittney Griner: ‘It’s time for her to come home’


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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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The Washington Mystics celebrate after a game against the Indiana Fever on May 6, 2022, at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, DC
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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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A young Phoenix Mercury fan hoists a "Free Brittney Griner" sign during a WNBA game against the Las Vegas Aces, Friday, May 6, 2022, in Phoenix.

A young Phoenix Mercury fan hoists a “Free Brittney Griner” sign during a WNBA game against the Las Vegas Aces, Friday, May 6, 2022, in Phoenix.
(AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

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.

A sticker on the floor in front of the scorers table honors Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury before a WNBA game between the Mercury and the Las Vegas Aces on May 6, 2022 in Phoenix.

A sticker on the floor in front of the scorers table honors Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury before a WNBA game between the Mercury and the Las Vegas Aces on May 6, 2022 in Phoenix.
(AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

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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.


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