Lawyer: Brittney Griner's detention in Russia extended 30 days following court appearance

Scooby Axson

The pretrial detention for Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner was extended for another 30 days by a Russian court, Griner's lawyer Alexander Boykov said.

Griner was set to appear in court on May 19 and during proceedings on Friday in a Khimki court, outside of Moscow, a judge denied a request for Griner, who was in handcuffs and wearing a red hoodie, to be placed in home detention. 

"We did not receive any complaints about the detention conditions from our client," Boykov said.

Griner has been detained in Russia since February, when she was stopped at an airport for allegedly carrying vape cartridges with cannabis oil in her carry-on luggage. That charge carries a potential 10-year prison sentence. 

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner leaves a courtroom after a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 13, 2022.

The U.S. government has said the 31-year-old two-time Olympic gold medalist was wrongfully detained and that they are working to obtain her release. 

Former New Mexico Gov. and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson is also working on behalf of Griner's family to see if they can bring her home safely. 

The WNBA continues to support Griner, placing her initials and jersey number on the sideline of every WNBA court, while also paying her full salary this season. 

“Today’s news on Brittney Griner was not unexpected, and the WNBA continues to work with the U.S. government to get BG home safely and as soon as possible," a WNBA spokesperson said in a statement released to USA TODAY Sports.

Contributing: Associated Press