Griner, 32, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and center for the Phoenix Mercury, was freed Thursday in a prisoner exchange between the U.S. and Russia. A senior administration official said that Griner would be flown to a San Antonio medical facility.
The U.S. freed Viktor Bout, an arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death,” who was serving a 25-year prison sentence handed down by a judge in 2012.
Griner was sentenced in August in a Russian court to nine years in prison for allegedly possessing vape cartridges of cannabis oil in her luggage, which she said was unintentional. She was being held at a penal colony.NBC WNBA star Brittney Griner arrives back in U.S. after Russian prisoner swap