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WNBA Commissioner Says ‘We Need to Get a Deal Done’ for Griner

WNBA Commissioner Says ‘We Need to Get a Deal Done’ for Griner

WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert has been working with the US government and the state department in hopes of getting Brittney Griner released from her detainment in Russia.

Tuesday marked 110 days since the seven-time All-Star was arrested in Russia after customs agents claim they discovered vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage at Sheremetyevo International Airport near Moscow.

Engelbert spoke with reporters ahead of the Liberty-Lynx game discussing what Griner’s “wrongfully detained” status means and how it should and needs to expedite the process of getting Griner back to the United States.

“Once designated as wrongfully detained, it moves to the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs where they can discuss prisoner exchange,” Engelbert said. “I’ve talked with that group several times… but we need to get a deal done.”

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