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Cherelle Griner, the wife of WNBA player Brittney Griner who is detained in Russia on a marijuana charge, said a snafu by the U.S. State Department prevented her from talking to her wife on their fourth anniversary on Saturday, June 18. She hasn’t been able to speak to her wife since her detention in February. (Photo by Lorie Shaull, cc-by-sa-4.0,

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WNBA star Brittney Griner tried to call her wife nearly a dozen times through the American embassy in Russia on the couple’s fourth anniversary Saturday, but they never connected since the phone line at the embassy was not staffed, Cherelle Griner said Monday.

By ERIC TUCKER and DOUG FEINBERG, Associated Press June 21, 2022

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