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Why is Brittney Griner Still in Russia?

Jul 5, 2022

Last week, the trial for WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner began in Russia. Griner was taken into custody on drug charges back in February, and her detention has been extended four times. Unfortunately, things aren’t looking good for the Phoenix Mercury star. The trial resumes July 7, and could take several months. She could also face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.  

While so many questions remain about Griner’s future and release, there’s one that keeps popping up: what she was doing over there? Simply put, better pay.

About half of the WNBA’s athletes play overseas during the offseason, and Griner's situation may make some of them think twice about claiming additional income, especially as war rages between Russia and Ukraine. 

Today on Pop Cultured, we revisit a conversation with sports journalist Meredith Cash on what’s happening with Griner and how it may affect other WNBA players.  

You’ll hear from:

Meredith Cash, sports reporter for Insider.

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