United States.- The note of the day was the sentence imposed on the basketball player, Brittney Griner, in Russia. She for 9 years of pressure for drug possession and smuggling when she was arrested with vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in that country.
Before the judge’s sentence, the world of sports began to react to this situation and the team of the Houston, Texas-born Phoenix Mercury was no exception, since, prior to their match in the Women’s National Basketball Association ( WNBA) hugged as a group to keep quiet for 42 seconds.
This act of solidarity went around the world, as the gesture of her teammates caused her to cry as well as the other team’s players, including the fans who made an appearance at the Mohegan Sun Arena, in Uncasville, Connecticut .
The representatives of Phoenix did this act of honor because Brittney Griner wore the number 42 jersey until before she was arrested on February 17 by the Russian authorities. Her trainer, Vanessa Nygaard, spoke out after learning of the resolution.
“We knew this was coming, we were prepared for it. We know we didn’t have our hopes pinned on the Russian justice system. Emotions ran high throughout the day,” the teacher said before the match.
“Today American citizen Brittney Griner received a prison sentence that is yet another reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney. It is unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately,” reads one statement. statement issued by the President of the United States.
Brittney Griner was born on October 18, 1990 and since she was a child she expressed her attraction to basketball. She played for Baylor University, where she established herself as the first player to compete in the NCCA after scoring 2,000 points and deflecting 500 opponents’ shots, earning her the first pick in the 2013 Draft by the Phoenix Mercury.
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She also became an important piece for the Women’s ‘Dream Team’ to obtain the gold medal at the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. She also won the world titles of: Turkey 2014, Spain 2018 and Russia 2022.