Photos: Meet The Ex-Wife Of WNBA Star Brittney Griner
Brittney Griner's wife, Cherelle, has continued to speak out in support of the WNBA star as she remains in Russian custody. The WNBA star was reportedly arrested for allegedly having hash oil in a vape pen inside her luggage at the airport earlier this year. Brittney Griner has been in Russian custody ever since.Cherelle Griner, the wife of the longtime WNBA star, has been speaking out in support of her significant other.
Brittney Griner is thinking about her loved ones while detained in Russia.
While speaking to ABC News on Tuesday during her hearing for drug charges, 34-year-old Griner had a message for her wife, Cherelle.
"Good luck on the bar exam," Griner said in the message to Cherelle, who graduated from North Carolina Central University School of Law in May. Cherelle started the intensive, two-day exam to become a practicing lawyer Tuesday.
Griner told ABC News that she is "waiting patiently" while in custody but has "no complaints." During the hearing, she held up a sign that included a photograph of her and Cherelle.
Brittney Griner Appears in Court Tuesday, Expert Testifies Medicinal Uses of Cannabis
The WNBA star is expected to testify WednesdayBrittney Griner appeared in court Tuesday as her legal team shared supporting evidence about the medicinal use of cannabis.
The Phoenix Mercury center was arrested at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport in February after officials allegedly found vape cartridges containing hash oil, an illegal substance in Russia, in her luggage.
Griner's trial began on July 1 in Russia, and on July 7 she pleaded guilty to smuggling drugs into the country. According to ABC News, she is expected to testify in court on Wednesday after her initial testimony was delayed at the request of her legal team to provide her with more preperation time.
According to Good Morning America, about 99 percent of those arrested on drug charges in Russia serve a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
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Brittney Griner testifies in Russian court as US works to secure her release
Brittney Griner testified on Wednesday in a Russian court after the WNBA star's legal team requested more time for her to prepare. Griner, a 31-year-old Houston native who plays professional basketball for the Phoenix Mercury, was detained on Feb. 17 at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Khimki as she returned to Russia to play during the WNBA's offseason after she was accused of having vape cartridges containing hashish oil, which is illegal in the country. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and also has a right to an appeal.
Video: It's medical cannabis: WNBA star to Russian court (Reuters)
Brittney Griner tells ABC News she wants to wish her wife, Cherelle Griner, "good luck on the bar exam," as the WNBA star's drug trial in Russia resumes. @maggierulli reports. https://t.co/qbNJaDaFVXpic.twitter.com/qBBqpKfdqT
— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 26, 2022
Earlier this month, Griner's lawyers told the court that the Phoenix Mercury center has a doctor's note approving cannabis for pain treatment.
"The attending physician gave Brittney recommendations for the use of medical cannabis. The permission was issued on behalf of the Arizona Department of Health," Maria Blagovolina, one of Griner's attorneys, said during the hearing on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
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Why White House went public with Griner, Whelan offer as Russia says no deal yet
The Biden administration's unusual decision to publicize its offer to Russia to free Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan was made in part to reassure Americans rather than entice the Russians, White House aides said Thursday. Your browser does not support this video White House spokesman John Kirby said on "Good Morning America" that the deal the U.S. proposed for Griner and Whelan had been "set forth many weeks ago" and that the administration decided to publicize it to show Americans what President Joe Biden was doing to try to free them amid months-long scrutiny. "This isn't something that just happened ...
In a statement shared with PEOPLE earlier this month, Brittney's legal team said her guilty plea "was her decision informed by discussion with her legal defense team in Russia."
Because of "the nature of her case, the insignificant amount of the substance and BG's personality and history of positive contributions to global and Russian sport," the team is hopeful that her plea will help the athlete avoid a "severe sentence," her lawyers said.
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Last week during the 2022 ESPYs, NBA star Stephen Curry, along with WNBA stars Skylar Diggins-Smith and Nneka Ogwumike, asked "the entire global sports community" to "stay energized on [Griner's] behalf."
"Because Brittney isn't just on the Phoenix Mercury, she isn't just on her team in Russia, she isn't just an Olympian," Curry said during the broadcast. "She's one of us, a team of athletes in this room tonight and all over the world. A team that has nothing to do with global conflict."
He continued: "We can not stop fighting for her, we cannot stop believing for her, and we will not stop hoping for the day we can welcome her home safely."
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