U.S. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price told CNN that Brittney Griner is in “good condition” after the U.S. Embassy in Moscow was granted consular access to the WNBA star, who is currently detained in a Russian prison on drug charges.

“What I can say is that our official found Brittney Griner to be in good condition, and we will continue to do everything we can to see to it that she is treated fairly throughout this ordeal,” Price told CNN

In February, Griner, who plays for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA in Russia during the off-season, was detained for allegedly carrying cannabis oil in her luggage. All cannabis products are illegal to possess in Russia.

“The court granted the request of the investigation and extended the period of detention of the U.S. citizen Griner until May 19,” Moscow’s Khimki Court told TASS, according to CNN

Recently, the WNBA released a statement about Griner’s incarceration.


“In close collaboration with U.S. government agencies, elected officials, individuals and organizations with expertise in these matters, and Brittney Griner’s representatives and family, we continue to work diligently to get her safely home to the United States,” WNBA stated.

FILE – United States’ Brittney Griner (15) runs up court during women’s basketball gold medal game against Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Aug. 8, 2021, in Saitama, Japan. Griner’s detention in Russia raises all sorts of questions. Is she a political prisoner in the standoff between two superpowers? Is she being treated like anyone else who violated the law in a foreign country? (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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