Greener, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and member of the Phoenix Mercury WNBA team, was detained at an airport outside Moscow in February after officials said they found cartridges of marijuana oil in her luggage. If convicted, she could face 10 years in prison.

US consular officials were barred from visiting her for weeks, but that finally changed on March 23. Including those held in Russia,” state spokesman Ned Price told reporters on April 12.

Griner played for UMMC Yekaterinburg in Russia during the WNBA offseason — a situation her sports agent Lindsay Kogawa Colas said was necessary due to the double standards and limited economic opportunities of American female athletes.

“So while her detention made headlines for its geopolitical relevance and was fueled by celebrities, its underbelly is a story of the gender pay gap in the United States,” Kolas Ogawa in the Los Angeles Times An article was published on Tuesday.

Griner’s wife, Cherelle, demanded privacy as the family struggled to bring her home, with those close to her fearing she could be used as a political pawn.

While Kogawa Colas said a small group of activists worked every day to secure Griner’s release, she acknowledged that caution was needed in describing the circumstances of her detention.

“It’s a word-chosen community that’s used to moving together as a whole,” Kogawa Colas said. “At this time, the community is doing its best to trust BG’s legal team and has full confidence in the White House’s commitment to doing everything it can to bring Britney home.”

In a statement celebrating Reed’s release on Wednesday, his family also noted other Americans detained in Russia.

“We are proud to join the Whelans and all other American families who are still awaiting their release,” the Reeds said. “We will continue to advocate for the swift release of hostages and detainees using all tools available to the U.S. government.”

Biden said his administration remains committed to “bringing home Americans who are being held hostage and wrongfully detained abroad.”

“We won’t stop until Paul Whelan and others join Trevor, in the loving arms of family and friends,” he said.