ESPN reporter explains reality of Brittney Griner ruling

Despite hopes that WNBA star Brittney Griner might be released from a Russian prison

it was announced Tuesday that her detention has been extended until July 2

Griner has been detained in Russian since February 17

when airport authorities allege to have found vape cartridges containing a cannabis derivative inside her luggage.

While the decision was met with strong reactions and anger from her friends

family, supporters, and the sports world, there was little reason to think this wasn’t going to happen.

Quinn says that the decision is “theater, not jurisprudence.”

“Hostage diplomacy cases rely on the pretense of law.

The Russians won’t ever say ‘we’re holding Brittney Griner hostage

but by repeatedly postponing her trial, they’re communicating their intentions

Danielle Gilbert, assistant professor of military and strategic studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy

Dragging out her detention, missing court deadlines — these are key indicators

that we should question the legitimacy of her arrest

precisely why the U.S. classified it as a wrongful detention.”

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