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An attorney for WNBA star Brittney Griner said she had a doctor's letter recommending medical cannabis (marijuana extract) for pain.

Griner, 31, was all smiles inside a defendants' cage where she visited with her attorneys during a hearing at the Khimki Courthouse outside Moscow on Friday.

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The defense produced a letter from a doctor recommending she use medical cannabis for pain.

"Among the medical documents is a doctor's appointment for the substance that Brittney Griner inadvertently left among her belongings when crossing the border," said attorney Maria Blagovolin.

"The attending physician gave Brittney recommendations for the use of medical cannabis. The permission was issued on behalf of the Arizona Department of Health."

The defense also submitted drug tests the Phoenix Mercury All-Star center underwent before she traveled to Russia which didn't detect any illegal substances in her system.

Griner was arrested in mid-February after Moscow airport officials discovered vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage.

Griner's trial has been adjourned for 11 days as the defense requested more time to prepare, NBC News reported.

She recently pleaded guilty to drug smuggling and could face a 10-year prison sentence if convicted.

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Brittney Griner was back in court on Thursday after pleading guilty on Tuesday.

Last week, Griner pled guilty to smuggling a small amount of cannabis oil into Russia back in February.

The WNBA star did not testify on the third day of her trial, but character witnesses testified on her behalf.

Journalists were denied access to the courtroom. But the director of the team Griner plays for was allowed to take the witness stand.

"Our task today was to tell the court about her characteristics as an athlete, as a person — tell about how she played a big role in the success of the Ektaerinburg club and Russian women's basketball as a whole," said UMMC Ekaterinburg club director Maxim Rybakov.

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"Today is the first day when we have seen our basketball player since February. Thank God, she feels well, looks good," Rybakov said.

Griner's Russian teammate Evgenia Belyakova testified that "Brittney has always been a very good teammate, so my role here is just to be with her, to support her."

"We miss her very much, we miss her energy," Belyakova added. "I was very happy to see her, and I hope this trial will be over soon and with a positive outcome."

Griner joked with Rybakov and Belyakova as she was led into court.

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A team doctor said Griner had some medical conditions, including ADHD, that were alleviated by cannabis oil.

The doctor said ADHD may have caused her to be distracted when she was packing her bag and she didn't realize the cannabis oil was in there.

Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA All-Star, is expected to be questioned by the prosecution and the defense when her trial resumes on Friday.

A judge ordered her detained until December 20.

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LeBron James walked back statements he made about WNBA star Brittney Griner who is locked up in Russia.

James made the comments in a trailer for an episode of "The Shop: Uninterrupted." He said he would question returning to the United States if he was stuck in a Russian jail.

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Griner was arrested in mid-February at a Moscow-area airport after officials found vape pens containing cannabis oil in her luggage.

She pled guilty to smuggling drugs, and she threw herself on the mercy of the court.

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James suggested Russia may be a better alternative to the United States where Black lawbreakers are gunned down by police before they can get their day in court.

"She's been there over 110 days," he said in the video trailer. "Now, how can she feel like America has her back? I would be feeling like, 'Do I even want to go back to America?'"

James now say he was not bashing the United States by questioning how long it is taking to bring Griner back to American soil.

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Even though both James and Griner have criticized America as racist, James now calls America a "beautiful country."

"[I] wasn't knocking our beautiful country," the Los Angeles Lakers star tweeted Tuesday.

"I was simply saying how she's probably feeling emotionally along with so many other emotions, thoughts, etc inside that cage she's been in for over 100+ days! Long story short #BringHerHome."

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Las Vegas Aces star A'ja Wilson broke down crying when she saw photos of WNBA all-star Brittney Griner in shackles.

Griner, 31, was arrested on February 17 after Moscow airport officials found vape pens containing weed oil in her luggage.

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Photos taken on Monday showed Griner looking wide-eyed and frightened while being escorted into court by jail guards.

On Monday, a judge set Griner's trial date for July 1 and her pretrial detention was extended for another 6 months.

Griner faces 10 years in prison if she is convicted.

Wilson told reporters it made her sick to her stomach to see the photos.

Wilson was still emotional following her game against the L.A. Sparks on Monday night.

"I hated seeing it," Wilson said. "It made my stomach turn," she said, referring to the photos.

"She's our sister and I can't imagine what she's going through and I pray every single day that the people that are in high ups are doing what they need to do to get her home because it's unacceptable. And to see her like that, I can't even put it into words."

Wilson, 25, says she prays that Griner comes home and that she's healthy, mentally and physically.

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A trial date has been set for WNBA star Brittney Griner who appeared at a pre-trial hearing on Monday in Moscow, Russia.

A judge set Griner's court date for Friday, July 1, and extended her detention another 6 months. This is the fourth time Griner's pre-trial detention was extended.

Griner was arrested on February 17 after officials at a Moscow airport found vape pens containing weed oil in her luggage.

Pictures taken in Moscow on Monday show Griner, 31, looking wide-eyed and anxious as she was escorted into court. She was previously ordered detained until July 2nd.

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The 6-ft-8 Phoenix Mercury center wore a grey t-shirt with grey sweatpants and a black sweatshirt tied around her waist. She was handcuffed to a Russian official.

Griner could face 10 years in prison if found guilty of trafficking a large quantity of drugs for distribution.

After months of silence, the U.S. State Department declared Griner a "wrongfully detained" political prisoner in early May.

Former Marine Trevor Reed was released from a Russian prison in April, after serving three years of a nine year sentence for assaulting a police officer.

The same State Department official who negotiated Reed's release is also negotiating Griner's release.

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Washington Mystics center Shakira Austin is among the WNBA rookies to watch this season.

Austin is a 6 ft 5 inch center but she plays more like a petite 5 ft 3 guard.

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The 21-year-old budding star put up 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Mystics who handily defeated the Minnesota Lynx 78-66 on Sunday, May 8. Austin had her first double-double as a WNBA player in the game.

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The Mystics (2-0) dressed only 8 players on Sunday. Star center Elena Delle Donne sat out the game.

Austin, from Fredericksburg, Virginia, played college ball at Maryland and Ole Miss. She was drafted third overall by Mystics in the 2022 WNBA draft last month.

WNBA players like Austin are more athletic on the court while displaying their femininity off the court.

In a tweet during the pandemic she wrote: "Yes I'm 6'5 wearing platforms ... real stallion baby."

WNBA fans have noticed the improvement, as more men are buying tickets to the games. The two games I watched over the weekend were nearly sold out.

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The WNBA Players Association believes seven-time WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner is imprisoned in Russia "because of a gender issue."

The Phoenix Mercury star has been detained in Russian for 56 days. The 31-year-old WNBA center was charged with smuggling hash oil or weed oil into Russia in February.

Griner's name was pushed out of the headlines after Will Smith assaulted comedian Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars on March 27.

The WNBA draft on Monday put the focus back on Griner.

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Nneka Ogwumike, president of the WNBA Players Association, appeared on "Good Morning America" Tuesday to discuss Griner's situation.

Ogwumike said the initial strategy was to remain silent to prevent the Russians from using Griner for political leverage. However, now that strategy has changed.

"We move intentionally and given the nature of Brittney's situation -- it was very important for us to be intentional about doing the best thing to ensure that we don't compromise her coming home," Ogwumike told Robin Roberts.

"A lot of that had to do with educating ourselves about the details of what was going on. As much as we could know. But then understanding how important it was for us to be strategic about when and how we speak about her."

Griner's request to be released on house arrest in Russia was denied last month. Ogwumike said Griner's gender is the reason why she's still in pretrial detention.

"When is it not? It's disappointing that the question of it being a gender issue is top of mind now when it comes to this type of circumstance and the reality is she's over there because of a gender issue, pay inequity," she said.

"I played in Russia for four years and played in Poland for one year and China for two years. We go over there to supplement our incomes and quite frankly to maintain our game. Our teams encourage us to keep up with our game by going over there and being more competitive. There's so much that's at play that, you know, we live politically intrinsically."

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Griner earned $1.5 million per season playing for a Russian women's basketball team. Her salary with the Mercury was $228,000 a season.

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert mentioned Griner's situation during the WNBA draft on Monday.

"Before we get into tonight's events, I want to take a moment to reiterate the WNBA's support for Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner," she said. "Please know that getting her home safely continues to be our top priority."

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Mimi Faust (center) says she's "dodging bullets" after her fiancee, former WNBA player Tamera "Ty" Young (right) was spotted booed up with another woman.

Mimi is best known as a cast member alongside her then-boyfriend Stevie J on VH1 reality series Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.

Mimi and Stevie J share a 12-year-old daughter named Eva.

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Mimi got engaged to Ty Young, who briefly played for the Atlanta Dream.

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Meanwhile, Stevie J moved on with LHHATL co-star Joseline Hernandez (right).

Mimi and Ty went their separate ways in March 2021, but they reunited. Mimi, 50, and Ty, 35, announced their engagement on Instagram in January 2022.

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According to theJasmineBrand, Ty was caught cheating on Mimi with former Connecticut Sun teammate DiJonai Carrington, 24.

Dijonai was spotted in a video with her arms around Ty's waist at a Kandi Burruss event in L.A.

Mimi responded to the video with a "Matrix" meme stating she's "dodging bullets."

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Earlier today, Mimi took to Instagram and advised herself to "Breathe and remember who the f**k you are."

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Russian customs officials found "multiple" vape pen cartridges in Brittney Griner's carry-on bag when she was detained at a Moscow airport in February.

Griner, 31, was arrested after a search of her luggage turned up various vape pen cartridges. Each cartridge contained a gram of marijuana oil extract.

Russian Federal Customs Service announced her arrest on Saturday, March 5. She was accused of transporting illegal drugs into the country - a charge that carries up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

According to MSN News, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Pres. Joe Biden assigned an embassy team to work on Griner's case in Moscow.

However, U.S. diplomats working to release Griner were informed that customs officials found "multiple" weed oil cartridges in her luggage. The amount was more than a small quantity for "personal use."

Personal use drug possession is a misdemeanor in the United States.

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NBA legend Reggie Miller is among those calling for Griner's release.

"I hope for a safe passage back for Brittney," said Miller, whose sister is Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Cheryl Miller.

"Again, you know, not knowing all the particulars, I know it's not right for them to detain her," Miller said. "I don't even think we know where she is, I'm sure the State Department does, but there's still very little information that's coming out of Russia right now. That's what's a little bit disturbing."

The Baylor University star was the No. 1 overall draft pick by Phoenix in 2013. The seven-time WNBA All-Star came out as a lesbian that same year.

Gays and lesbians face social challenges in Russia where homosexuality is frowned upon.

Griner earned $1.5 million a year in Russia — 6 times her WNBA base salary of $215,000. She won championships for Russia in 7 seasons.

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A new image of WNBA star Brittney Griner was released by Russian State Media on Tuesday. The mugshot shows Griner, 31, wearing all black and holding a sheet of paper in front of her.

Griner was arrested in early February at a Moscow airport shortly after she arrived on a flight from New York City. Her arrest was announced by Russian authorities on Saturday.

The 6-foot-9 Phoenix Mercury center was charged with smuggling drugs into the country after customs officials searched her luggage and found a vape pen containing cannabis oil.

Her current location is unknown.

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Griner is among many WNBA players who compete overseas during the WNBA off season.

She reportedly earned $1 million per year and played 7 seasons in Russian.

Griner may spend years in a Russian prison, according to a former U.S. Department of Justice employee.

ESPN's TJ Quinn quoted Tom Firestone, legal advisor to the US Embassy in Moscow, in a series of Twitter posts.

"There’s little information on Griner's situation, but experts I've spoken to (like Tom Firestone, former DOJ legal advisor to US Embassy in Moscow, who joined me on air) say she's teetering between two legal paths."

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A U.S. congresswoman is demanding the release of Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner who has been detained in Russia since her arrest at a Moscow airport last month.

Griner, 31, was arrested in February after customs officials in Moscow searched her luggage and found a vape pen containing a small amount of hashish oil, also known as cannabis (weed) oil.
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Russia's Federal Customs Service announced her arrest in a statement on Saturday. Officials said that the 6-foot-9 center was charged with "smuggling drugs" into the country and she has been held in a Russian jail without bond for nearly a month.

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Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee demanded that Russia release Griner from custody and allow her to return home. The 72-year-old congresswoman held a press conference on Saturday after the news broke.

Lee, who represents Griner's hometown of Houston, Texas, called on Russian officials to handle the situation "diplomatically" and she said Russia "has no right to hold Ms. Griner, period."

"Let me be very clear, Brittney Griner is a United States citizen. She was a guest in Russia ... I will be demanding her release."

Lee also said she has contacted the U.S. State Department "to try and get them to focus on her circumstances."

Because of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Lee remarked "how dangerous it is right now in Moscow," and "in Moscow prisons" where thousands of Russian protesters are being held for opposing the war.

"It is no place for her," Lee said, adding that her main concern is that Griner is being "appropriately cared for."

"Please, allow Miss Griner to leave. Allow her legal representation to handle her matters," Lee said.

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Meanwhile, a former Pentagon official told Yahoo Sports she was concerned that Griner could become a "high-profile hostage."

"If we want her out of jail, Russia is going to have some terms," said Evelyn Farkas, who suggested Russia's President Vladimir Putin could use Griner to negotiate for the release of prisoners in the U.S. or to force the U.S. to lift sanctions.

"It could be a prisoner swap. They also could use it as an implicit threat or blackmail to get us to do something or not do something. Either way, they find it useful," Farkas said.

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Griner, pictured with NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal, was in Russia to compete in the Russian Premier League. Many WNBA players compete overseas during the WNBA's off season. WNBA players typically earn more money overseas than during the regular season.

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Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia on charges that she smuggled hashish oil in her luggage three weeks ago.

According to the Russia Federal Customs Service, Griner, 31, was arrested at the Sheremetyevo International Airport in February after a drug-sniffing dog alerted customs officials to her luggage.

The Houston native had flown to Moscow from New York in February, where customs officers searched her luggage and allegedly discovered small cartridges containing hashish oil, also known as cannabis oil.

Griner was arrested and charged with smuggling "narcotic drugs" into the country, according to a statement released by the Customs Service.

"We are aware of the situation with Brittney Griner in Russia and are in close contact with her, her legal representation in Russia, her family, her teams, and the WNBA and NBA," Griner's agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas told ESPN in a statement Saturday.

Colas added that Griner's "mental and physical health remain our primary concern" as she has been detained in a Russian jail cell for three weeks.

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The WNBA also issued a statement to ESPN:

"Brittney Griner has the WNBA's full support and our main priority is her swift and safe return to the United States."

The Phoenix Mercury said they are "in constant contact" with Griner's family, her representation, and both the WNBA and NBA. "We love and support Brittney," the team said, adding that her "safety" is their "main concern."

USA Basketball said Griner traveled to Russia after the U.S. State Department issued a "do not travel" advisory on January 23, before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.

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Griner and head coach Geno Auriemma celebrated winning the Women's basketball Gold Medal against Spain at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

The WNBA star is one of several American athletes competing in the Russian Premiere League to earn extra cash during the WNBA's off-season.

Griner faces 5 to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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Curvaceous WNBA star Liz Cambage shows off the hot bod that won rapper Drake's heart.

Drake is so smitten with the 30-year-old Las Vegas Aces center that he is pushing to expand the WNBA to Toronto so she can play near him.

Drake, 35, recently shared an Instagram photo that shows him embracing his new bew. He captioned the photo: "face of the franchise my mini me."

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After secretly dating the 6'-8" bombshell for a few weeks, Drake contacted the WNBA to inquire about expanding the league to his hometown of Toronto.

He wrote in his Instagram Stories, "@WNBA I need a Toronto team."

Drake's post led fans to believe he is desperate to bring Liz to Toronto so she can play near him.


The Emo rapper faces lawsuits stemming from the tragic Astroworld Festival disaster in Houston last week. 8 people died and hundreds were injured after his surprise appearance on stage sparked a stampede.

Check out more photos of Liz Cambage below.

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The Atlanta Dream won't bring back two disgraced WNBA players seen brawling in a viral video on social media over the weekend.

"The behavior in the video is unacceptable and does not align with our values as an organization," the Dream said in a statement Monday.

"We are taking this matter very seriously and working with the league to gather more information and determine next steps."

Cell phone video shows Courtney Williams and Crystal Bradford fighting with a group of women outside a day club in Atlanta back in May.

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Williams and Bradford, along with former WNBA player Kalani Brown (pictured), towered over their opponents while throwing punches.

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Williams, the team's only All-Star this season, has apologized for her behavior.

WNBA players' agent, Marcus Crenshaw said Atlanta Dream executives knew about the fight when it happened in May, but chose not to discipline the girls then.

"I talked to them, and they told me they didn't want to bring both back," Crenshaw told Girls Talk Sports TV in an Instagram Live chat on Tuesday.

"The team knew about the situation months ago. Right now, the team is trying to act like they have the morals, and [they're] making [the players] some sort of scapegoats by saying they got put off the Dream because of the altercation."

Crenshaw said both players will be unrestricted free agents. He said the Dream probably let them go because the organization is embarrassed by the incident.

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Twitter users expressed outrage at WNBA star Liz Cambage for calling Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller a "little white one".

Cambage, 29, used the slur in response to Miller wight-shaming her during a game on Sunday.

Miller was fined $10,000 by the WNBA for criticizing Cambage's weight during the Suns' 72-65 win over the Aces at Michelob ULTRA Arena.

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Cambage is perfectly proportioned for her height, but she took offense to the comment anyway.

The Australian bauty posted a video to Twitter in which she said Miller was arguing a call and told a ref, "Come on, she's 300 pounds."

"One thing about me is that I will never let a man disrespect me - especially a little white one," Cambage said in the video. "For a coach on another team to be yelling like protected abuse, 'cause we can't do nothing back, it's just crazy to me."

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She went on to say she was 6-foot-8 and weighed 235 pounds.

"So to the coach of Connecticut — I'm sorry, little sir man, I do not know your name. But the next time you try to call out a referee trying to get a call being like, 'come on, she's 300 pounds,’ I'm going to need you to get it right baby, 'cause I'm 6-8... I'm weighing 235 pounds and I'm very proud of being a big b----, big body, big Benz, baby."

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But Twitter criticized dragged Cambage for bringing Miller's skin color into the discussion.

"I like Liz Cambage, but she clapped back by calling him a "little white boy"?? That's even ground for suspension if we're playing this game," said Rob Stukenborg on Twitter.

Another user slammed the New York Times for "conveniently" leaving Cambage's "racist" comment out of its report about the controversy. The paper cut off Cambage's quote before she mentioned the slur.

Richard Bradley tweeted: "I just don't get how it's wrong for a coach to say a player weighs 300 pounds but it's acceptable for a player to refer to that coach as 'a little white one.'"

Twitter user Frankie, wrote: "So Liz Cambage can get mad at a man for bringing up her size in the heat of a game, but it's okay for her to say that she will 'never let a little white man' disrespect her? What she said is worse lmaooo."