An official from the U.S. embassy in Moscow found out lesbian WNBA player Brittney Griner to be "in good condition" after they were recently granted consular access to the athlete who is being detained in Russia, CNN reported.
The embassy official was granted consular access to Griner, according to State Department spokesman Ned Priceand it was the first official government access given to Griner since she had been detained by Russia since mid-February.
"Our official found Brittney Griner to be in good condition and we will continue to do everything we can to see to it that she is treated fairly throughout this ordeal," Price said.
Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and player for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, was arrested in February at a Russian airport and accused by authorities of smuggling significant amounts of a narcotic substancean offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison. She is now being detained until at least May 19.
"Supporters have been fearful that Grineran openly gay Black woman in a foreign country hostile to LGBTQ+ individualscould face … years in a Russian labor camp if she's convicted of drug-smuggling charges," change.org's Calvin Iverson stated in a letter Windy City Times received.