The State Department confirmed meeting with representatives of the Phoenix Mercury on Monday about Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia, the Associated Press reported.
The meeting involved officials from the specialized office that advocates for hostages and wrongfully detained Americans.
The AP reported that no other details were offered about the meeting.
Griner has been detained in Russia since Feb. 17, after vaping cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage while going through an airport outside of Moscow.
She could land in prison for 10 years on drug smuggling charges.
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After Sunday’s game, Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard told reporters that the team was expecting to be briefed on Monday.
“It’s been 115 days now, 115 days that she’s been wrongfully imprisoned in another country, and we just want her to come home,” Nygaard said, via CNN, after Phoenix’s 99-90 win in overtime over the Washington Mystics.
She continued: “I hope it’s not just a show, to say they briefed us, which I’m afraid of. Hopefully, it’s something that shows positive progress and we learn something new that helps us learn more about how we’re going to bring our teammate home.”
According to CNN, Nygaard extended an invitation for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to attend the Mercury’s game against the Mystics in Phoenix on Tuesday.
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“You’re welcome to come into our locker room and talk to us. You’re also welcome to just enjoy the game, you can see what our team looks like without Brittney Griner, but also we would just love to see you as a supporter of our team,” Nygaard told CNN. “And um, yeah, we have snacks in our locker room, we got all sorts of stuff that we would love to — honestly, you can sit on the bench, you can sit on the bench right next to me.”
On Saturday, former Phoenix Mercury star Penny Taylor called for Griner’s release during her induction into the Women’s Basketball hall of Fame.
“BG is our family,” Taylor said in asking President Joe Biden’s help freeing Griner. “She’s yours, too. The entire global sport community needs to come together to insist that she be a priority.”
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The Associated Press contributed to this story.,
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