Griner has been detained in Russian since February 17 when airport authorities allege to have found vape cartridges containing a cannabis derivative inside her luggage.
While the U.S. government initially downplayed its interest in Griner’s case out of concern that it would escalate, the State Department reclassified Griner as wrongfully detained in May and transferred oversight of the case to the State Department Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs (SPEHA).
State Department officials are said to have met with members of the Phoenix Mercury, Griner’s WNBA team, on Monday.
“There is a lot involved in getting her back home and safe, they’re working relentlessly,” Mercury star Diana Taurasi said after the meeting. “We’re here to do whatever we can to amplify and keep BG at the forefront, which is more important than any basketball game and anything else that’s going on in our lives. We want BG to come home as soon as possible, it’s number one on our list.”