State Department Meets WNBA . Phoenix Mercury

State Department Meets WNBA . Phoenix Mercury

State Department Meets WNBA . Phoenix Mercury

State Department Meets WNBA . Phoenix Mercury

State Department officials met on Monday with representatives of Brittney Griner’s WNBA team to discuss the Phoenix Mercury star’s months-long detention in Russia and the Biden administration’s efforts to secure her release, the agency reported. Associated Press.

The State Department confirmed the meeting, which involved officials from its specialized office that advocates for hostages and wrongly detained Americans, but did not offer additional details about what was said or who was specifically present.

The government has previously said it is working to bring Griner and another American, Michigan corporate security executive, Paul Whelan, home from Russia.

Griner was detained at an airport in Russia on February 17 after authorities there said a search of her bag revealed vape cartridges containing a cannabis derivative. She could serve 10 years in prison on drug smuggling charges.

In May, the State Department reclassified Griner as wrongfully detained and transferred oversight of her case to the State Department’s Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, or SPEHA.

After Sunday’s game in Washington, Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard told reporters the team expected to be informed Monday.

“It’s now been 115 days, 115 days that she was wrongfully imprisoned in another country, and we just want her to come home,” Nygaard said via CNN after Phoenix’s 99-90 win in overtime over the Washington. mystics.