US Women’s Basketball Imprisoned in Russia in Good Condition

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said US Embassy officials in Moscow had visited US women’s basketball player Brittney Griner in a Russian prison, and reported that she was in good condition.

When authorities scanned the basketball player’s luggage, they said they found an illegal marijuana vaping cartridge. If found guilty, he could face up to 5-10 years in prison.

Earlier this month Griner learned he would be jailed until at least May 19, while the investigation continues.

Griner, who played in Russia during the WNBA offseason, reportedly shared a cell with two other people.

Earlier this month Foreign Minister Antony Blinken spoke about the case. “There’s not much I can say given current privacy considerations,” Blinken said. “Whenever an American is detained anywhere in the world, we are of course ready to provide every possible assistance, and that includes Russia,” he added.

Blinken also said “we have a team at the embassy working on cases of other Americans detained in Russia. We are doing everything we can to ensure that their rights are upheld and respected.” [em/lt]