Washington — State Department officials met with members of Brittney Griner’s WNBA team on Monday to discuss Phoenix Mercury’s efforts to secure months of detention in Russia and her release from the Biden administration. ..
The State Department has confirmed a meeting attended by officials from a specialized office that defended hostages and illegally detained Americans.
“There’s a lot involved in getting her home and safe. They’re working relentlessly,” Mercury star Diana Torashi said in a release from Mercury after the meeting. “We are here to do whatever we can to amplify and keep the BG at the forefront. This is more important than a basketball game or anything else happening in our lives. We want BG to come home as soon as possible. It’s number one on our list. “
The administration had previously said it was working to bring Greener and another American, Michigan’s corporate security executive Paul Weeran, back from Russia.
“From US President Joe Biden to the team working to bring back all the Americans detained illegally, knowing the State Department at the highest level gives me great confidence that they are working on it. I will give it to us, “said Taurashi.
Greener was detained at a Russian airport on February 17, after authorities said a search for her bag revealed an arc cartridge containing a cannabis derivative. In May, the State Department reclassified Greener as a tort detainee and transferred oversight of her case to the State Department’s Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs (SPEHA).
“We have been 116 days since BG was illegally detained,” said Mercury coach Vanessa Nigard. “We hear from the State Department that we should continue to amplify that message and continue to put pressure on all those who have some influence or power to help bring the BG home. Good. She is our teammate and American and we want her to go home. “
After meeting with the State Department, Mercury’s players and staff met with Senator Greg Stanton of Arizona and Senator Sheila Jackson Lee of Grinner’s hometown of Houston.
“For Mercury’s team, coaches and executives, every day without Britney is a lifetime,” Stanton said. “I was delighted to have the opportunity to share the work being done in Congress to secure Britney’s release.”
Greener’s teammates and league-wide players have pushed President Biden on social media to help her get home.
WNBA players could also send emails and letters to Greener via an account set up by the agent. The email will be printed, scrutinized by Russian authorities, and then sporadically delivered to Greener by her lawyer. When her lawyer returns to her office, she scans the response from Griner and sends it back to the United States for sending to the player.
US State Department meets with Brittney Griner’s WNBA team
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