Phoenix Mercury Coach says Brittney Griner’s Detainment Would be Resolved ‘If It Was Lebron’


Brittney Griner was arrested in Russia back in February after authorities allegedly found cannabis vape cartridges in her luggage.

Her head coach Vanessa Nygaard, said:

“If it was LeBron, he’d be home, right?”

“It’s a statement about the value of women. It’s a statement about the value of a Black person. It’s a statement about the value of a gay person. All of those things. We know it, and so that’s what hurts a little more.”

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The basketball player was found with 0.7 grams of THC in her system when she was detained by Russian police.

WNBA coach James Wade has shared his disappointment in the inaction from the US government, telling the Chicago Sun-Times: 

 “We have a woman who represents everything that we’re supposed to stand for that’s sitting in a prison.” He also stated, “And we’re just making posts. She’s played for our country and brought our country glory, and this is how we’re treating her. It’s disgusting.”

A preliminary hearing was held on 27 June and the athletes detention was prolonged for another six months – due to end 20 December.

The 31-year-old could potentially face 10 years in prison, if she were to be convicted of large-scale drug transportation.

Elizabeth Rood, the Chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy said:

“I did have the opportunity to speak with Ms. Griner in the courtroom,”

 “She is doing as well as can be expected in these difficult circumstances and asked me to convey that she is in good spirits and is keeping up the faith.”

“The Russian Federation has wrongfully detained Ms. Griner,”

“the U.S. government at the very highest levels is working very hard to bring Ms. Griner as well as all wrongfully detained U.S. citizens safely home.”


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