As Brittney Griner’s detention continues, all-star center ‘continues to have our full support,’ WNBA’s Cathy Engelbert says ahead of draft

7:21 p.m. ET Mechelle VoepelESPN.com close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984 and has worked for ESPN since 1996. WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert expressed concern Monday about Phoenix Mercury player Brittney Griner and said the league is doing everything it … Read more

Could have been any WNBA player

MINNEAPOLIS — Two of USA Basketball’s Brittney Griner teammates have broken their silence on the star player’s imprisonment in Russia. Most WNBA players have been reluctant to talk about Griner’s detention for drug trafficking in Russia, hoping to avoid hurting his case. “People say she’s 6-foot-9, she’s different. It’s really not about that,” American basketball … Read more

US State Department officials are still seeking access to Brittney Griner in Russia; a source describes the basketball star as doing “OK”

US State Department officials said they had still not had access to Brittney Griner since her arrest in Moscow on February 17 for drug trafficking, although a source close to the basketball star said told ESPN on Thursday, “We know she’s fine.” A State Department official released a statement to ESPN on Thursday saying, “We … Read more

WNBA star Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia extended until May 19

A court near Moscow has extended the detention of WNBA star Brittney Griner until May 19, according to Russian news agency Tass. Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport on February 17 after Russian authorities said a search of her luggage revealed vape cartridges allegedly containing cannabis-derived oil, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 … Read more

US Representative Colin Allred says he is working with the State Department to secure the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner from Russia

9:00 p.m. ET Mechelle VoepelESPN.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984 and has worked for ESPN since 1996. A US congressman who played football at Baylor is among those concerned for the well-being of Brittney Griner, who is being … Read more

Basketball player Brittney Griner reportedly detained in Russia; WNBA, reps working ‘to bring her home’

11:27 a.m. ET Mechelle VoepelESPN.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984 and has worked for ESPN since 1996. WNBA player Brittney Griner is being held in Russia after customs officials said they found hash oil in her luggage at … Read more