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the wife of WNBA Star Brittney Griner, who was arrested in Russia last month, thanked everyone for their support of the Phoenix Mercury Center as she deals with apparent legal issues.
Cherelle Griner posted a photo of herself with the basketball star on Sunday and wrote a message to fans awaiting more details about the WNBA player’s incident.
“Thank you to everyone who has contacted me regarding my wife’s safe return from Russia. We greatly appreciate your prayers and support,” Cherelle Griner wrote on Twitter. Instagram. “I love my wife with all my heart, so this message comes during one of the weakest times of my life. I understand that many of you have come to love BG over the years and have concerns and want details. Please respect our privacy as we continue to work to bring my wife home safely.
Griner was arrested last month at a Moscow airport after Russian authorities said a search of her luggage revealed vape cartridges.
The Russian Customs Service said on Saturday the cartridges were identified as containing cannabis-derived oil, which could carry a maximum sentence of 19 years in prison.
“We are aware of Brittney Griner’s situation in Russia and are in close contact with her, her legal representation in Russia, her family, her teams, the WNBA and the NBA,” Griner’s agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas said Saturday. . “As this is an ongoing legal matter, we cannot comment further on the details of her case, but we can confirm that as we work to bring her home, her mental and physical health remains our primary concern.”
The WNBA also expressed its support for one of its biggest stars.
“Brittney Griner has the full support of the WNBA and our top priority is her quick and safe return to the United States,” the league said.
While Griner has spent his summers playing for the Mercury since leaving Baylor, he has spent his last seven winters in Russia, where he earns more than $1 million per season. The figure is more than four times her salary in the WNBA.
He last played for his Russian team, UMMC Ekaterinburg, on January 29 before the league took a two-week break in early February for the FIBA World Cup qualifying tournaments.
Associated Press contributed to this report.