TL;DR news on Brittney Griner at August 27, 2023

A State Department spokesman said only that the United States was aware of reports that Griner had been arrested and that the United States provides consular services to Americans arrested overseas. Griner said she had been tossed into a bewildering legal system with little explanation of what she might do to try to defend herself. Griner is struggling emotionally and is increasingly worried that a swap deal to release her may not materialize. Basketball, which oversees the Olympic teams, also released statements expressing support for Griner. The customs agency said it is investigating Griner for drug trafficking, which could mean a prison sentence of up to 10 years. On Saturday her wife, Cherelle Griner, said in an Instagram post that support and prayers for Brittney's safe return from Russia were appreciated. Griner, 31, is accused of attempting to transport hashish oil in vape cartridges at Sheremetyevo airport near Moscow. The New York Times reports that Griner is the only WNBA player remaining in Russia.