Brittney Griner’s pretrial detention in Russia has been extended by a month, Russian
Leaving a hearing Friday in the Khimki court, she was handcuffed, wearing an orange hooded pullover with her head down, an Associated Press photo shows.
An official from the US Embassy was able to talk with Griner on the sidelines of her hearing Friday morning, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.
“The officer was able to confirm that Brittney Griner is doing as well as can be expected under what can only be described as exceedingly difficult circumstances,” Price said on a briefing call Friday.
US classified her as wrongfully detained
The WNBA views federal authorities’ move to classify Griner as wrongfully detained as a “positive development and a next step to getting her home,” a league spokesperson said last week.
Griner was the No. 1 pick in the 2013 WNBA draft and is one of the league’s all-time best players.
Last season, Griner finished second in Most Valuable Player Award voting. The 6-foot-9 center led the Mercury to the WNBA Finals, where Phoenix lost to the Chicago Sky.
CNN’s Jennifer Hansler, Ellie Kaufman and Wayne Sterling contributed to this report.