U.S. Government Changes Brittney Griner’s Status To ‘Wrongfully Detained’ By Russia The U.S. government now officially considers WNBA star Brittney Griner as “wrongfully detained” in Russia. “The Department of State has determined that the Russian Federation has wrongfully detained U.S. citizen Brittney Griner,” a State Department official said to ESPN on Monday. “With this determination, the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens will lead the interagency team for securing Brittney Griner’s release.” While officials did not specify the reasoning behind the reclassification, it now brings a sense of urgency to getting the 31-year-old Phoenix Mercury player back into the U.S. “Brittney has been detained for 75 days and our expectation is that the White House do whatever is necessary to bring her home,” Griner’s agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas, said in a statement on Tuesday. What do you think will need to be done to get Brittney Griner back into the U.S.? How much longer do you think she will be detained in Russia?
United States center Brittney Griner high fives teammates after a play during the second half of a women's basketball game against Senegal at the Youth Center at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. The United States defeated Senegal 121-56. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)