Brittney Griner on Gershkovich Arrest: ‘No One Should Be in Those Conditions’

Brittney Griner, the W.N.B.A. star who became the center of a geopolitical showdown between the United States and Russia last year, said Thursday that her management team has been in touch with the family of Evan Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal reporter detained in Russia and classified by the U.S. government as a wrongful detainee.

Ms. Griner, who was detained in Russia for nearly 10 months last year, spoke with news reporters for the first time since her release in December in a prisoner exchange. She said that nobody, including Mr. Gershkovich, deserved an experience similar to her imprisonment. “No one should be in those conditions,” she said.

Ms. Griner’s news conference came as the United States and Russia clashed over the detainment of Mr. Gershkovich, who is accused of espionage. He was detained by Russian security services in late March and charged with espionage in mid-April, an accusation that his employer and U.S. officials strongly deny.

Ms. Griner said that she had not spoken directly to Mr. Gershkovich’s family, but that the Mercury and Wasserman, the agency that represents her, had been “sharing knowledge, which is a big thing.”

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