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WNBA Brittney Griner's wife thanks fans for their support, asks for privacy after player's arrest


The wife of WNBA star Brittney Griner, who was arrested in Russia last month, thanked everyone for their support of the Phoenix Mercury center while she deals with apparent legal troubles.

Cherelle Griner posted a picture Sunday of her with the basketball star and wrote a message to fans awaiting more details about the WNBA player’s incident.

"Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me regarding my wife’s safe return from Russia. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated," Cherelle Griner wrote on Instagram. "I love my wife wholeheartedly, so this message comes during one of the weakest moments of my life. I understand that many of you have grown to love BG over the years and have concerns and want details. Please honor our privacy as we continue to work on getting my wife home safely.

"Thank you!"

Griner was arrested last month at a Moscow airport after Russian authorities said a search of her luggage revealed vape cartridges.

Russian Customs Service said Saturday the cartridges were identified as containing oil derived from cannabis, which could carry a maximum penalty of 19 years in prison.