Russian court extends Griner’s arrest until May 19, report says nation

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FILE – Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner (42) appears to pass as Chicago Sky center Candace Parker in the first half of Game 1 of the WNBA Basketball Finals, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Phoenix.

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A Moscow court has extended the arrest of WNBA star Brittney Griner until May 19, according to Russian state news agency Tass.

Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport in February after Russian authorities said a search of her luggage found vape cartridges. They were found to contain cannabis-derived oil, which carried a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

“The court granted the investigation request and extended the detention of US citizen Griner until May 19,” the court said, according to Tass.

The US Embassy in Moscow did not immediately respond to calls from The Associated Press for comment.

One of women’s basketball’s most recognizable figures, 31-year-old Griner has won two Olympic gold medals with USA, a WNBA championship with Phoenix Mercury and a national championship at Baylor. She is a seven-time All-Star.

The WNBA season begins May 6th.

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Griner has played winter games in Russia for the past seven years, earning over $1 million per season — more than four times her WNBA salary. She last played for her Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg on Jan. 29 before the league went on a two-week hiatus in early February for the FIBA ​​World Cup qualifying tournaments. She was arrested in Moscow when she returned to Russia.

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