Brittney Griner is a Houston native, who was detained in Russia more than four months ago. Several media outlets

reported Monday that Griner made a direct appeal to President Joe Biden for assistance. Griner wrote: "Please

don’t forget about me [American] detainees," according to excerpts shared by Griner's family representative. "Please

do everything you can to bring us back." Griner played college basketball at Baylor University in Waco and went

on to become a seven-time WNBA All-Star centre and a two-time Olympic gold-medalist. Griner, like many WNBA

players plays in Russia during the offseason. After arriving from New York, Griner was detained at Sheremetyevo

International Airport in Moscow. Russian officials claimed that she was carrying vape cartridges containing

cannabis oil in her bag. This charge can lead to up to 10 years imprisonment. Griner's detention was extended for six

more months, until Griner's trial, which began Friday. According to legal experts, Griner's case will likely end

in conviction. U.S. State Department officials classified Griner as "wrongfully held" and many human rights and civil organizations