A Russian court sentences WNBA star Brittney Griner to nine years for drug trafficking. MOSCOW — A Russian court found Brittney Griner guilty of drug trafficking and possession.
Under public pressure to secure her release, the Biden administration tried to negotiate with Russia to free her and another imprisoned American, Paul Whelan.
In a statement issued shortly after the verdict, President Biden called on Griner to sentence another reminder of what the world already knew. Russia wrongly detains Brittney, and it is unacceptable, and calls on Russia to release her immediately. So that she can be with her wife, her family, her friends, her teammates, and so on. The U.S. states oppose this practice everywhere.
Griner’s defense team notes that he has a medical marijuana card in Arizona to help him cope with injuries sustain during years of competition. They also noted that basketball star-ball was prescribe marijuana for medical purposes by an American doctor to treat chronic pain during the off-season. And that she had still failed a drug test.
In his final statement to the judge, Griner reiterated that she had never had the right to break any law or hurt anyone. She is excused to her Russian teammates for any damage she caused; she could have caused, adding that it is my second home and everything I wanted to won the championships and made them proud.
In his closing remarks to the judge on Thursday, he alluded to political pawns and politics, but I know that everyone is talking about political pawns, but i hope that it is far from this room audience, & quotation; she said. Here is a brief summary of Griner & as of February 17th, Griner is being held at L’ Sheremetyevo International Airport, outside Moscow, May 3rd.
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Cathy Engelbert and NBA
In a statement on Thursday, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stated that the verdict and sentence are as follows” unwarranted and unfortunate, but not unexpected. “The WNBA and NBA ‘l’ commitment to its safe return did not falter. And we hope that we are nearing the end of this process of bringing the BG back to the U.S.
Dozens of human rights groups including the Human Rights Campaign. The National Organization for Women and the LGBTQ National Working Group wrote a letter to President Biden this summer. Urging him to address his case as a matter of urgency.