Adam Silver: "We are working to bring Brittney Griner back to the US"

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Adam Silver: "We are working to bring Brittney Griner back to the US"

Commissioner Adam Silver, in an interview with ESPN, spoke about Brittney Griner, a WNBA player detained in Russia since last February on drug possession charges after being stopped at the Moscow airport for a vaporizer that contained cartridges with derived oils from cannabis.

Griner's detention was extended by one month without explanation. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated her commitment to bring both Griner and Paul Whelan home.
Silver said, "We are in contact with the White House, the State Department, hostage negotiators and all levels of both government and the private sector.

Our top priority is Brittney's health and safety, making sure that get out of Russia. "

Adam Silver: "We are working to bring Brittney Griner back to the US"

Some days ago we told you about the negotiations which are underway for a US-Russia prisoner exchange involving Brittney Griner and the Russian arms dealer Viktor But.

But is currently being held in Illinois. Russian state media said the swap is highly likely. Russian authorities have extended the preventive detention of the Olympic basketball champion accused of drug trafficking until 18 June.

Griner was arrested on February 17 at Moscow airport after she was found in her hash oil luggage. But he was arrested on March 6, 2008 in Thailand and then extradited to the US where he was found guilty of selling weapons to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Prisoner swap Brittney Griner and arms dealer Viktor But? In the mid-1990s, But was suspected of supplying illegal weapons to Afghanistan, smuggling diamonds and money laundering in Africa. The character played by Nicolas Cage in the film Lord of war is inspired by him.

We recall according to some Democrats, Griner is a victim of racism because she is black and supported the rights of the LGBT community. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said about the issue: "Whenever an American is detained anywhere in the world, we are ready to support him."