Why is Brittney Griner still in Russia when Trevor Reed is released?

Following the release of former US Marine Trevor Reed from Russian prison, the public has been curious as to why Brittney Griner is still being held in Russia to this day.

On Wednesday April 27, US and Russian officials announced that Trevor had been released in a prisoner exchange after being held in Moscow in 2019, reports the BBC.

Trevor was traveling to Moscow to learn Russian and visit his girlfriend when he was arrested one night after attending a party, according to the outlet.

His release reminded many that one of America’s beloved basketball stars, Brittney Griner, is still being held in Russia. Here’s what we know about his case.

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Why is Brittney Griner still in Russia?

According to a report by TASS, Brittney is still in Russia as her detention has been extended until May 19, 2022.

“The court granted the request for an investigation and extended the term of US citizen Griner’s detention until May 19,” a Moscow court said.

TMZ reported that the basketball player had a hearing on March 17, which was requested by her legal team.

The outlet noted that the WNBA star’s legal team was able to visit him in jail on several occasions. While Brittney was going “OK,” according to TMZ’s sources, she expressed a desire to return home as soon as possible.

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Why was she detained?

Brittney Griner was arrested at Sheremetyevo airport on February 17, 2022. Russian authorities say they found vape pen cannabis oil cartridges in her luggage, reports The Independent.

On March 5, 2022, Russia’s Federal Customs Service issued a statement confirming in February that they detained a basketball player at the airport. Their statement did not include Brittney’s name and identity at the time.

Griner’s agent, Lindsay Colas, later released a statement to The Guardian. He said: “We are aware of Brittney Griner’s situation in Russia and are in close contact with her, her legal representation in Russia, her family, her teams and the WNBA and NBA.”

Recent statement from Brittney’s agent

Speaking to ESPN, Colas said she was “in close contact with [Brittney Griner]his legal representation in Russia, his family, his teams, the WNBA and the NBA.

“As this is an ongoing legal case, we are unable to comment further on the specifics of her case, but we can confirm that, as we work to bring her home, her mental and physical health remains our main concern,” added Colas.

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