WNBA Player Arrested In Russia Over Hashish Oil Cartridges
According to the latest reports, the 31-year-old WNBA player, Brittney Griner, was detained at the Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow, Russia.
Vape cartridges with hashish oil in her luggage!
Reportedly, the basketball star was arrested this February after a service dog at customs sniffed out her vape cartridges. Worse yet, Griner didn’t even get a chance to play on Russian soil as she was arrested as soon as she arrived from New York.
The Russian Federal Customs Service even released a video showing Griner going through customs, but they were reluctant to reveal her identity. Instead, that was done by Tass — a Russian news agency.
Not only does the WNBA All-Star center have her reputation on the line, but she could also be facing a decade-long jail sentence! Worse yet, she cannot even leave the country due to the military conflict in Ukraine.
However, this is not the only cannabis-related scandal in sports in the last few months. The sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was banned from running at the Olympics due to a positive THC test.
Even so, cannabis use among professional athletes is becoming more mainstream due to its amazing pain-soothing and anti-inflammatory effects — hence why the NCAA is easing cannabis policies for athletes.
Nevertheless, given the recent hostilities between the US and Russia, one could argue that the arrest was more of a political nature than anything else. In fact, the State Department issued a warning regarding the harassment of American citizens on Russian soil spurred by the strict US sanctions.
Whatever the case, the WNBA, her family, and her legal representatives are fighting for the safe return of the two-time Olympic gold medalist back to the US.