WNBA players skip Russia amid Brittney Griner woes, Ukraine war

Brittney Griner’s highly publicized legal woes in Russia and the country’s invasion of Ukraine have the top WNBA players opting to take their talents elsewhere this offseason. For the past few decades, Russia has been the preferred offseason destination for WNBA players to compete because of the high salaries that can exceed $1 million and … Read more

Lavrov Says Russia Is Ready To Discuss Prisoner Swap With US After Griner Conviction – Tampa Bay Now

RUSSIA. (CW44 News At 10 | CNN) — The US and Russia have indicated they are ready to hold talks over a prisoner swap, a day after basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted of drug smuggling and sentenced to nine years in prison for carrying less than a grams of cannabis oil through a Moscow … Read more

Brittney Griner Sentenced To Nine Years In Russian Jail For Drug-Smuggling – Tampa Bay Now

RUSSIA. (CW44 News At 10 | CNN) –Brittney Griner, WNBA star, was convicted of deliberately smuggling drugs into Russia and sentenced to nine years of jail time Thursday in a case that has raised concerns she is being used as a political pawn in Russia’s war against Ukraine. Judge Anna Sotnikova of the Khimki city … Read more

Phoenix Mercury Rallies for Teammate Detained in Russian Prison

Brittney Griner has spent 139 days detained in Russia as of Wednesday, July 6. For Phoenix Mercury teammates, fans and anyone else who yearns for her safe and sound return – enough is enough. As Griner’s trial starts up overseas, the WNBA team is stirring up support at a “Bring BG Home” rally beginning at … Read more

Brittney Griner Appears In Russian Court On Drug Smuggling Charges – CBS Tampa

MOSCOW, Rus. (CW44 News At 10 | CNN) – Brittney Griner, the two-time US Olympic basketball gold medalist went on trial at a court near Moscow on Friday, on drug smuggling charges which can be punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Griner, 31, a Phoenix Mercury player who plays in Russia during the … Read more

Trevor Reed speaks out to ABC News on how he survived nearly 3 years in a Russian prison

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – When the war in Ukraine broke out in February, Trevor Reed said he believed it meant he likely would never come home. The American former Marine by that time had been imprisoned in Russia for nearly three years, held hostage after being convicted on trumped up charges. For 985 days, Reed … Read more