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Texas Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is demanding the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner who was detained by authorities in Russia for allegedly possessing a vape with hashish oil.
“We know that there were being some problems dealing with vape cartridges and other objects but allow me be really very clear,” Lee, who signifies Griner’s hometown of Houston, Texas, in Congress, stated on Saturday. “Brittney Griner is a United States citizen, she was a guest in Russia…and I will be demanding her launch.”
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Lee additional that she has spoken with the Condition Department to “check out and get them to concentrate on her instances.”
“I don’t want to disregard a sovereign nation but Putin has disregarded sovereign nations his complete provider in this world,” Lee explained. “Anyone that is killing and attacking and destroying Ukraine, a neighboring state that is not bothering them, has no right to keep Ms. Griner. Interval.”
Lee referred to as for any alleged infraction to be dealt with “diplomatically” and referenced Griner’s “storied historical past of Olympic gold medals” and said that a Moscow prison is “no spot for her” particularly when thinking of the truth that Putin has reportedly thrown 1000’s of Ukraine war protesters into jail.
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Russian state media introduced on Saturday that Griner, a member of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, had been arrested past month immediately after allegedly currently being caught with a vape cartridge that contained hash oil.
The Russian Federal Customs Company launched a video of the incident that appeared to display Griner going by means of stability at Sheremetyevo Worldwide Airport close to Moscow.
In accordance to Russian authorities, Griner could face any where among 5-10 decades if located guilty.
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Griner was in Russia enjoying for the women’s basketball group UMMC Ekaterinburg in the course of the WNBA’s offseason. Participating in abroad during the WNBA’s offseason is prevalent among WNBA gamers who have the possibility to earn profitable contracts that oftentimes exceed what they earn in the United States.
Griner’s agent advised ESPN in a assertion on Saturday that it was an “ongoing legal issue” and they are in talks with the WNBA and NBA.
“We are knowledgeable of the situation with Brittney Griner in Russia and are in shut make contact with with her, her authorized illustration in Russia, her family members, her groups, and the WNBA and NBA,” the assertion from the agent read. “As this is an ongoing lawful make a difference, we are not in a position to comment more on the particulars of her scenario but can affirm that as we work to get her home, her psychological and bodily wellness keep on being our main issue.