Brittney Griner, WNBA star, was taken into custody in Russia and charged with drug offenses. It has been several months. After much silence, the trial date has been set.

According to the Associated Press Griner's criminal case is scheduled to start on Friday. Griner is charged with large-scale drug transportation and could spend up to 10 years prison sentence if she is convicted.

Griner has near-impossible odds of avoiding being convicted. According to the AP, less than 1% of Russian criminal defendants are acquitted.

Fans want her release, while some reporters from the Investigative Reporting Unit are insisting that diplomacy is her only hope.

Even if she is acquitted of the charges, Russian law allows her to overturn her acquittal. American sports fans cannot believe this is happening so quickly.

It might have been simpler for Russia and the United States to reach an agreement on her diplomatic release to U.S custody in years past.

Despite massive sanctions being imposed on Russia for their invasion in Ukraine, relations between the two countries are at their worst since the Cold War.

It may take several months, or even years, for Russia and the U.S. to reach a good enough agreement to begin serious discussions about ways to bring Griner home.

Brittney Griner was present in Russia Monday for a preliminary hearing, ahead of her July 1 trial for cannabis possession.

We can only hope that the State Department will work quickly.