Putin arrests American basketball star. A woman who plays for a Russian team

Lee Heidhues 3.5.2022

Thug Putin’s warmongering aggression, intimidation and harassment has no limits.

Putin’s State police have now detained  American professional basketball player Brittney Griner, alleging she was carrying vape cartridges of hash oil. It’s easy for the authorities to plant illegal substances and then arrest an innocent citizen.

Putin apparently forgot that Ms. Griner has spent much of her professional career playing for the Russian professional club UMMC Ekaterinburg since 2014. Now it’s politically expedient to arrest and terrorize this American woman.

With the World in turmoil over Thug Putin’s blatant warmongering against Ukraine we can expect to read about this reprehensible retaliatory behavior in the coming days and weeks.


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Basketball star Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia after vape cartridges were found in her luggage at the airport, the New York Times reported Saturday.

Griner, 31, has played for Russian basketball team UMMC Ekaterinburg since 2014. It’s not uncommon for WNBA players to work in Russia during the U.S. offseason; Russian teams often pay better than those in America.

Texas Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is demanding the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner who was detained by authorities in Russia for allegedly possessing a vape with cannabis oil.

“We know that there were some issues dealing with vape cartridges and other items but let me be very clear,” Lee, who represents Griner’s hometown of Houston, Texas, in Congress, said on Saturday. “Brittney Griner is a United States citizen, she was a guest in Russia…and I will be demanding her release.”

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Griner, who rose to fame at Baylor and currently plays for the Phoenix Mercury, was taken into custody at Sheremetyevo airport outside of Moscow. The Russian Federal Customs Service claims it found vape cartridges of hashish oil during a search of her bags and has opened a criminal case on the American. The Times reports transportation of drugs can carry a sentence of up to 10 years in a Russian prison.

It’s not clear if Griner is still in Russian custody.

“We are aware of and are closely monitoring the situation with Brittney Griner in Russia,” Griner’s agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas said in a statement. “We remain in constant contact with her family, her representation, the WNBA and NBA. We love and support Brittney and at this time our main concern is her safety, physical and mental health, and her safe return home.”

On Saturday, the State Department issued a “do not travel” advisory for Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine and urged all U.S. citizens to depart immediately, citing factors including “the potential for harassment against U.S. citizens by Russian government security officials” and “the Embassy’s limited ability to assist” Americans in Russia.

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