Brittney Griner, WNBA star, posted an Instagram story about her wife's arrest in Russia of the Phoenix Mercury player.
Griner was taken into custody by Russian officials after they discovered vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in Griner 's luggage at Sheremetyevo, near Moscow.
This offense could result in a sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment.
Cherelle Griner, Griner's spouse, posted a photo of herself and her husband to Instagram Saturday. She thanked supporters and asked for privacy as they navigate Brittney Griner's return home.
Your prayers and support are deeply appreciated. Cherelle Griner wrote, "I love my wife wholeheartedly so this message comes in one of the most vulnerable moments of my life."
She acknowledged that many people were looking for more information about Brittney Griner.
She wrote, "I am aware that many of your have grown to love BG over time and have concerns and need details." Please respect our privacy while we work to get my wife home safely.
Griner, a center for WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, has been playing in Russia for seven years in winter.
Her last game was on Jan. 29, when she played for her Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg. The league then took a two week break in February to qualify for the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
Phoenix Mercury stated in a statement that she has been in touch with her family members and representative.
The team stated that Brittney is loved and supported by them. Their main concern at the moment was her safety, mental and physical health, as well as her safe return home.
USA Basketball tweeted that they were aware of Griner's situation and are closely monitoring it.
The tweet stated that Brittney "has always treated herself with professionalism throughout her long tenure at USA Basketball, and her safety is our primary concern."
The U.S. State Department issued a "do-not travel" advisory to American citizens who might be heading to Russia. It also urged citizens of the United States to immediately leave as the conflict between Russia, Ukraine, and other countries escalates.