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the Mystics of Washington were outspoken about their support for Brittney Griner, who was detained in Russia in February for allegedly carrying vaporizer cartridges containing cannabis-derived oils through a Moscow airport.
Griner was in first place for the WNBA and its 12 teams on Friday night. A “BG 42” decal was applied to each pitch as the 2022 season began.
After Mystics defeated Indiana Fever 84-70, Natasha Cloud read a statement from the team.
“It’s been 78 days since our friend, teammate, Sister Brittney Griner was wrongfully detained in Russia. It’s time for me to come home. Know we’re watching, we’re paying attention. We’re BG,” Mystics’ statement said .
The US State Department ruled that Russia “mistakenly detained” the Phoenix Mercury center when it was arrested in February, an official said in a statement to Fox News Digital on Tuesday.
It is due to have a hearing in Russia on May 19.
“The well-being and safety of US citizens overseas is a top priority for the US government,” a State Department spokesperson said. “The State Department has ruled that the Russian Federation has wrongfully arrested US citizen Brittney Griner.
“With this determination, Presidential Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens will lead the inter-agency team to secure Brittney Griner’s release.”
Fox News Digital also confirmed that Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor and US ambassador to the Clinton administration, has agreed to help work on the Griner case. Richardson helped secure the release of American journalist Danny Fenster from a Burmese prison in November.
Griner’s family asked Richardson and the Richardson Center to work on his behalf to secure his return to the United States.