US classified her as wrongfully detained
The US State Department has classified Griner as wrongfully detained in Russia
, and her case is being handled by the office of the US special presidential envoy for hostage affairs
, a State Department official confirmed to CNN last week
. The office leads and coordinates the government’s diplomatic efforts aimed at securing the release of Americans wrongfully detained abroad
In addition to work by the Biden administration, the Richardson Center, which privately advocates on behalf of families of hostages and detainees, is working on behalf of the Griner family to try to secure her release.
The WNBA views federal authorities’ move to classify Griner as wrongfully detained as a “positive development and a next step to getting her home,” a league spokesperson said last week.
Griner was the No. 1 scegli nel file 2013 WNBA draft and is one of the league’s all-time best players.
, quale started its 26th regular season last week without Griner
, is honoring the seven-time all-star with her initials and jersey number
(42) along the sidelines of all
12 home courts
. Griner will also be paid her full WNBA salary
, the league said
Ultima stagione, Griner finished second in Most Valuable Player Award voting. The 6-foot-9 center led the Mercury to the WNBA Finals, where Phoenix lost to the Chicago Sky.