WNBA names Brittney Griner as honorary All-Star starter | Russia-Ukraine war News

Russian state-run information company Tass reported that Griner’s detention was prolonged till not less than July 2.

Brittney Griner, the US basketball star detained in Russia for months, can have a spot on the Girls’s Nationwide Basketball Affiliation’s (WNBA) All-Star Sport as an honorary starter.

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert stated on Wednesday that starters had been chosen by a mixture of fan, media and participant voting.

“Throughout every season of Brittney’s profession wherein there was an All-Star Sport, she has been chosen as an All-Star,” Engelbert stated.

“It’s not troublesome to think about that if BG [Griner] had been right here with us this season, she would as soon as once more be chosen and would, little question, showcase her unimaginable abilities. So, it is just becoming that she be named as an honorary starter at the moment and we proceed to work on her secure return to the US.”

The event comes amid Griner’s continued detention since February 17, when authorities at an airport outdoors of Moscow stated she had vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her bag.

Brittney Griner
Griner’s spouse, Cherelle Griner, has spoken to the WNBA star within the 4 months since her arrest in Moscow [File: Rick Scuteri/AP]

The State Division in Could designated Griner as wrongfully detained, transferring her case below the supervision of its particular presidential envoy for hostage affairs, who’s successfully the federal government’s chief hostage negotiator.

Griner tried to name her spouse Cherelle Griner practically a dozen occasions via the American embassy in Russia on their fourth anniversary on Saturday, however they by no means linked because the cellphone line on the embassy was not staffed.

“It was a logistical difficulty that was compounded partially by the truth that our embassy in Moscow is below vital restrictions when it comes to its staffing,” State Division Spokesperson Ned Worth stated, including the decision has been rescheduled.

Russian state-run information company Tass reported final week that Griner’s detention was prolonged till not less than July 2. One other American, Paul Whelan, has been held in Russia since December 2018 on espionage costs he and the US authorities say are false.

Brittney Griner greeted by fans.
The US State Division in Could designated Griner as wrongfully detained [File: Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP]

In the meantime, Breanna Stewart and A’ja Wilson obtained probably the most votes from followers and had been chosen as co-captains for the WNBA occasion. They are going to be joined by Sue Chicken and Sylvia Fowles, who each have introduced they may retire on the finish of the season. Chicken will set a document along with her thirteenth All-Star look. Fowles, who’s injured proper now, was chosen for her eighth recreation.

Stewart and Fowles will likely be paired up as co-captains, as will Wilson and Chicken, and can select their groups.

The league’s coaches will vote for the 12 reserves and the co-captains will draft their rosters on July 2. The sport will happen on July 10 in Chicago with a 3-point competitors and abilities problem the day earlier than.

How can Brittney Griner be freed from Russian detention? | TV Shows

On Monday, June 6 at 19:30 GMT:
It has been greater than 100 days since US basketball star Brittney Griner was detained in Russia.

Authorities there allege that Griner flew into Moscow on February 17 with  vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her baggage. She is accused of smuggling important quantities of a narcotic substance – an offence punishable by as much as 10 years in jail.

On Might 13 Griner attended a Russian courtroom, the place her pretrial detention was prolonged by one other month. That ruling got here days after the US State Division mentioned Griner had been “wrongfully detained“.

Earlier than the State Division’s declaration, Griner’s household and the Girls’s Nationwide Basketball Affiliation (WNBA) had not commented intimately about her detention, nervous that publicity may make her state of affairs worse amid ever-worsening rising political tensions between Russia and the US.

Now Griner’s spouse, WNBA gamers, and the gamers’ union have tweeted broadly about her detention and have demanded her quick launch. But there may be little different media protection of Griner’s case.

A latest prisoner swap noticed US citizen Trevor Reed launched from jail in change for a Russian pilot, and now some consultants say Russia may try and discount for the discharge of arms vendor Viktor Bout – also referred to as “the Service provider of Demise” – who’s serving a 25-year jail sentence within the US.

On this episode we’ll comply with up on Griner’s case, and ask: if a marketing campaign to launch her is underway, then why are US politicians and main athletes in different sports activities nonetheless silent?

On this episode of The Stream, we’re joined by:
Danielle Gilbert, @_danigilbert
Assistant Professor Division of Navy & Strategic Research, U.S. Air Power Academy