We could soon know more about the fate of Brittney Griner. The WNBA star and Houston native has a detention hearing in Russia on May 19, three months after being arrested there.
Ahead of that hearing, more friends and fellow players are speaking openly about the case.
Suns star Chris Paul also wore a shirt with an image of Griner’s face on it and was asked about it at the post-game press conference.
"We miss her at the practice facility day in and day out so we're just trying to get her home," Paul said.
His response marks the first time an NBA player had spoken publicly about Griner's case.
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Since her arrest at a Moscow-area airport in February, players, friends and loved ones have largely remained silent for fear she may become a bigger bargaining tool for the Russian government.
But that apparently changed last week when the State Department determined Griner is being “wrongfully detained.”
It’s a shift that's allowed friends and loved ones to speak more openly about the case, reports the Dallas Morning News.
Griner helped lead the Baylor Bears to a national title in 2012 and has won two Olympic gold medals.
Rekha Patterson, Head Women’s Basketball Coach for Southeast Missouri State University, said "BG is a wonderful young lady and I hope she comes home soon."
The change in official classification of her case means the U.S. will be more aggressive in its efforts to secure her release.
Griner was arrested on drug charges after a search of her luggage allegedly found vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis.
The charge against the 31-year-old comes with a 10-year maximum sentence.