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.
SF Gate 3.5.2022
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.
“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.”
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.