Brittney Griner, a Russian prisoner colony in Russia for bringing illegal drug into the country, has been sentenced to nine year imprisonment. The sentencing of Griner has left many in the U.S. outraged, including President Joe Biden, who condemned the outcome of the WNBA star’s trial.
“Today, American citizen Brittney Griner received a prison sentence that is one more reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney,”Read the White House statement. “It’s unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends, and teammates.”
The harsh sentence was broadcast live on U.S. Cable News Networks.
Griner was calm and collected as she listened to her fate from a small cage in the Khimki courtroom near Moscow. She will also be fined $16,300 “Yes, I understand your honor,”She spoke English.
Griner was accused of deliberately smuggling drugs into Russia. The judge believed Griner, which she denied. She appeared solemn and seemed to shake her head. “no.”
The 31-year-old basketball great’s earlier pleas for mercy fell on deaf ears, ever as she wiped away tears.
“I want the court to understand that this was an honest mistake that I made while rushing, under stress, trying to recover from COVID and just trying to get back to my team,”Griner stated. After she was discovered to have carried vape cartridges in her luggage while on her February trip to Russia, Griner was arrested.
She stated that she didn’t intend to take the vape cartridges containing 0.7 grams of cannabis oil to Russia and she wasn’t planning to use them there. Griner was only allowed to use cannabis for medicine in Arizona, where it is legal.
“I know everybody keeps talking about political pawn and politics, but I hope that is far from this courtroom,”She spoke. “I made an honest mistake and I hope that in your ruling, that it doesn’t end my life here.”
Griner pleaded guilty to all charges, but stated that she didn’t intend to break Russian law. Griner’s defense team stated that Griner had feared for the worst and called her on Thursday “doomsday.”