6-foot-9 Brittney Griner forced in 'VERY SMALL CAGE' for five-hour, round-trip drive to court

The WNBA star has been in Russia’s detention since February for allegedly smuggling cannabis oil in her luggage


                            6-foot-9 Brittney Griner forced in 'VERY SMALL CAGE' for five-hour, round-trip drive to court
Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury warms up before Game Five of the 2021 WNBA Playoffs semifinals against the Las Vegas Aces at Michelob ULTRA Arena on October 8, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Brittney Griner was seen donning a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt as her trial started in Russia. The WNBA star's wife meanwhile has reportedly claimed that even her to and fro journey to the court is a torture for her. Cherelle Griner said that the 6 feet 9 inches tall athlete has to fit inside a very small cage for the five-hour round-trip to court.

Cherelle told CNN's ‘New Day’: “So BG is having to travel over five hours round trip when she goes to court in a very, very, very tiny cage with her knees bent, feet up to the ground, because it's not big enough for her to fit in.”

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Brittney has been in Russia’s detention since February for allegedly smuggling cannabis oil in her luggage. She was charged with drug-smuggling, and if found guilty, can face a decade behind bars. However, Elizabeth Rood, US charge d’affaires in Moscow, has reportedly said: “The Russian Federation has wrongfully detained Brittney Griner. The practice of wrongful detention is unacceptable wherever it occurs and is a threat to the safety of everyone traveling, working, and living abroad.”

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A sign for Brittney Griner during a game between Portland Thorns FC and Angel City FC at Banc of California Stadium on July 01, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Russian officials have refuted such accusations. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “The facts are that the famous athlete was detained in possession of prohibited medication containing narcotic substances. In view of what I’ve said, it can’t be politically motivated.”

Also, Russian state media has speculated that the US might be considering releasing Victor Bout – a Russian jailed in America – in exchange for the two-time Olympic gold medalist. Bout is a businessman as well as an arms dealer, who was given 25 years behind bars in 2012 “for attempting to sell millions of dollars in weapons to Colombian terrorists who were targeting Americans,” ABC News reported.

Attorney General Eric Holder had said at the time: “Today, one of the world's most prolific arms dealers is being held accountable for his sordid past. Viktor Bout's arms trafficking activity and support of armed conflicts have been a source of concern around the globe for decades.”

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A fan holds a sign for Brittney Griner, who has been detained in Russia for 99 days since February 17, during the fourth quarter between the Seattle Storm and the New York Liberty at Climate Pledge Arena on May 27, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, in Brittney’s case, Cherelle reportedly wants President Joe Biden to push for more. The couple were supposed to talk to each other on the phone through the US embassy in Russia. But since it was the weekend of Juneteenth and employees were on holiday, the call did not happen. Slamming the government, Cherelle said: “I find it unacceptable and I have zero trust in our government right now. If I can’t trust you to catch a Saturday call outside of business hours, how can I trust you to actually be negotiating on my wife’s behalf to come home? Because that’s a much bigger task than to catch a Saturday call.”

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Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury kisses her wife Cherelle Griner in the stands after the Mercury defeated the Las Vegas Aces 87-84 in Game Five of the 2021 WNBA Playoffs semifinals to win the series at Michelob ULTRA Arena on October 8, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

She added: “It’s really, really difficult. This is not a situation where the rhetoric is matching the action. I do have to unfortunately push people to make sure that the things they’re telling me is also matching their actions and so it’s been the hardest thing to balance because I can’t let up. It’s over 130 days and BG’s still not back.”

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