U.S. State Dept became aware of extension of Griner’s detention through media

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. State Department became aware, through media reports, of Russia’s extension of the pre-trial detention of American basketball player Brittney Griner, department spokesperson Ned Price said on Tuesday, while repeating calls for her release.

Price made the comments at a regular press briefing. Russia’s TASS news agency reported that Griner’s detention had been extended to July 2 at the request of investigators.

(Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis and Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Chris Reese)