President Biden met with the families of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan Friday, both of whom are detained in Russia. The meeting comes as the Biden administration works to free the former U.S. Marine and WNBA star. CBS News chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes explains the measures being taken to secure their releases.
- Associated Press
A Russian court on Monday set Oct. 25 as the date for American basketball star Brittney Griner’s appeal against her nine-year prison sentence for drug possession. Griner, an eight-time all-star center with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was convicted Aug. 4 after police said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. The Moscow region court said it will hear her appeal.
- Yahoo Sports
Jackson played eight years in the WNBA.
Griner was sentenced to 9 years in a Russian prison on August 4
Jackson was the number five pick in the WNBA draft in 2007.
- NBC Sports Washington
The 2022 season was the Japanese player's first in the WNBA, she doesn't want it to be her last.
WNBA all-star Brittney Griner was sentenced to 9-years in a Russian prison for cannabis oil.
- Rolling Stone
WNBA star was arrested for possessing marijuana