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Basketball star arrested in Moscow

US basketball star Brittney Griner has been arrested in the middle of Ukraine crisis on the Moscow airport after allegedly found Vape cartridges with cannabis oil in their luggage. The Russian customs authority did not name a name in a message, but a published video shows how employees of security control browse the luggage of a woman who seems to be Griner.

When the two-time Olympic champion was detained exactly, is not clear, in the message it was only “in February”. Griner had come with a flyer from New York. At a conviction because of the possession of cannabis oil, it threatens between five and ten years imprisonment.

US basketball shared on Twitter, one is aware of the legal situation of Griner in Russia and observed this exactly. “We are in close contact with Brittney Griner, their lawyers in Russia, their family, their clubs, WNBA and the NBA,” said Griner’s Manager Lindsay Kagawa Colas.

American basketball superstar arrested at Russian airport

The 31-year-old Griner had led Phoenix Mercury to the third WNBA title in 2014 and recovered in the final in 2021 with her team. Since 2015, Griner also plays in the WNBA break at UMMC Jekaterinburg. Until Griner, all WNBA players left Russia and Ukraine after Russian invasion in the neighboring country.

The US Foreign Ministry had already issued a travel warning for Russia on January 23 and referred to the “possibility of harassment of US citizens by the Russian Security Authorities”.

NHL ends business relationships with partners in Russia

In response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, NHL has capped the business connections into the country. “The National Hockey League condemns the invasion of Russia into Ukraine and pushes on a peaceful solution as fast as possible,” said the North American ice hockey league on Monday. All relationships with business partners in Russia are exposed, and the Russian-speaking pages of the NHL and social networks are also to pause. Considerations to use Russia in the future as a place for competitions with NHL connection, do not give it anymore.

Russia started a war against Ukraine on 24 February and is therefore increasingly isolated in the world sports. The IOC had called on Monday to let athletes and athletes from Russia and its allies, Belarus, no longer participate in international competitions.

U.S. State Department & NHL Partner for Ice Hockey Exchange with Russia

Among the numerous Russian ice hockey professionals in the NHL, the league announced that they are concerned about the well-being of the athletes who “play in the name of their clubs in the NHL and not in the name of Russia”. The players and their families are in an “extremely difficult position”.

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