New York head coach Sandy Brondlow heard “disappointing” news of Russia’s extension on his way to his team’s Friday morning shooting practice Britney Greennerof pretrial detention for another 30 days.
Greener’s initial detention date was set to end on May 19. The two-time Olympic gold medalist, who played for the Phoenix Mercury, was detained at a Moscow airport in February after an e-cigarette pod containing cannabis oil was allegedly found. she luggage. Griner, 31, faces drug smuggling charges that carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
The 30-day extension could mean GrinerThe case could go to trial soon.
No matter what’s next on the legal horizon, the latest news from Brandlow doesn’t sting as he coaches Griner He spent eight years in Phoenix before taking over the New York Liberty this year.
“Obviously very disappointed to hear that they have extended BG’s stay in Russia, we must do everything we can to get she Get out,” Brondero said. “We have to release BG. We need her back. Hope the government can do something sooner. “
Griner, 6-foot-9, appeared facedown in handcuffs at a court outside Moscow for a brief hearing, wearing an orange hoodie.
While the delay wasn’t unexpected, players across the league who saw photos and videos of Greener said it was hard to see.
“It was a big punch. I saw these pictures,” with Griner One season in Phoenix. “you need to know she and she family, what sheit’s all about what she represent.knowing she Heart, she It’s so sad to have such a heart for others. “
Ariel Atkins, who competed with Griner at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, said she didn’t know everything about Griner, but she “just wanted to do everything I could to help her get home. It was a devastating situation. I can’t imagine her family right now.” feeling.”
GrinerWife Cherelle, who graduated from North Carolina Central University earlier this month, didn’t talk much about the pressures on their family.
News of Griner’s extended detention prompted Mercury linebacker Brianna Turner to recall the good deeds her teammates had done, and hours later she tweeted about how Griner will save she The rest of the food is given to the homeless.
“Of course there is she It seems to me that I want to do the same today. Turner wrote. “Sometimes a free meal can make a person happy. If possible, do something nice for a stranger today. “
Others followed suit and tweeted about these days Griner Those who have been detained include Seattle Storm All-Star Breanna Stewart and South Carolina head coach Dwayne Staley.
All seem determined to ensure GrinerThe name and detention are still on people’s minds, and then as Wings coach Vickie Johnson put it, “let the league and her lawyers handle it.”
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