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State Dept pushing to see Brittney Griner; NBA Commissioner weighs in

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Posted at 8:24 PM, May 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-17 23:24:09-04

PHOENIX — The State Department said Tuesday that it still pushing to have regular contact with WNBA star Brittney Griner, who has been detained in Russia for nearly three months.

A consular official was able to meet with Griner last week, when her pre-trial detention in Russia was extended for one month.

Griner has been detained since February, after vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage at an airport in Moscow.

The NBA also weighed in on the matter Tuesday. Commissioner Adam Silver says his league is also trying to bring Griner home.

"We've been in touch with the White House, the State Department, hostage negotiators, every level of government and also through the private sector as well," Silver said during an interview on ESPN. "Our No. 1 priority is her health and safety and making sure that she gets out of Russia."