Supporters gather for ‘Bring Home BG’ rally in downtown Phoenix

The WNBA All-Star was arrested in Russia on Feb. 17 on charges of possessing cannabis oil. Her trial began last week.

PHOENIX — It’s been almost five months since Phoenix Mercury All-Star Brittney Griner was arrested in Russia.

Griner was detained on Feb. 17 in Moscow when officials allegedly found cannabis oil in her luggage while returning to play for her Russian team during the WNBA offseason.

Last week, Griner sent a letter to President Biden pleading for his help. The letter said in part:

…As I sit here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, family, friends, Olympic jersey, or any accomplishments, I’m terrified I might be here forever,”

Griner’s trial began last week and is scheduled to continue Thursday.

Back here in the states, her family, friends, teammates, and supporters gathered outside Footprint Center in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday for a rally to bring her home.

RELATED: Griner sends letter to President Biden pleading for his help

Follow along for live updates of Wednesday’s rally:

4:28 pm – 12 News’ Rachel Cole is at the Footprint Center this evening for the ‘Bring Home BG’ rally.

4:23 pm – Speakers include Brittney’s wife Cherrelle and some of her Mercury teammates.

4:18 pm – The rally starts at 5 pm at Footprint Center in downtown Phoenix

1:32 pm – Rep. Greg Stanton helped organize the rally with the Phoenix Mercury organization.

1:32 pm – President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to Griner’s wife on Wednesday.

July 4: Brittney Griner sent a letter to President Joe Biden making an appeal for her freedom.

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