Brittney Griner turned 32 on Tuesday, spending the occasion on Day 243 of her detainment in Russia not with cake and presents but alone as family, friends

fellow athletes and coaches launched a “#WeAreBG” campaign seeking her return to the United States.

Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and star with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, has been imprisoned since her arrest Feb. 17 on charges of entering Russia

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(where she has played during the WNBA’s offseason) with vape cartridges containing 0.702 grams of cannabis oil.

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She was sentenced to more than nine years in prison Aug. 4 and waits for a diplomatic exchange of prisoners or other resolution of her situation to allow her to return home.

Brittney Griner turned 32 on Tuesday, spending the occasion on Day 243 of her detainment in Russia not with cake and presents but alone as family, friends, fellow athletes and coaches launched a “#WeAreBG”

Cherelle Griner said she has twice spoken with her wife on the phone since her detainment.

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After the second, she felt the detainment had so worn on Brittney’s mental health that Cherelle cried for “two, three days straight.”

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