The wife of the WNBA star Brittney Griner, who is currently detained in Russia, said she is forced into a tiny cage every time she has to appear in court.
Cherelle Griner told CNN’s “New Day” in an interview that aired on Thursday that her wife, who is 6 feet 9 inches tall, has to travel in a small cage for the five-hour round-trip drive to court.
Cherelle told CNN that she has spoken to Brittney and said she’s “exhausted.”
Cherelle, who calls her wife BG, said: “So BG is having to travel over five hours round trip when she goes to court in a very, very, very tiny cage with her knees bent, feet up to the ground, because it’s not big enough for her to fit in.”
The Phoenix Mercury center has been detained in Russia since late February, when Russian authorities accused her of carrying cannabis oil in her luggage. Griner is being tried on drug-smuggling charges and faces up to 10 years in prison.
Experts say that Griner’s trial, which began Friday, will be a “show trial,” and that an outcome has likely already been decided, Insider’s Meredith Cash reported.