NBA: Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner was sentenced to 9.5 years in prison in Russia for drug possession and smuggling

NBA: Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner was sentenced to 9.5 years in prison in Russia for drug possession and smuggling

After a long and mediatic legal process, the star player of the phoenixmercury of the WNBA, Brittney Grinerwas found guilty of the crimes of drug possession and smuggling, as well as sentenced to 9.5 years in prison in Russia.

The decision was made in a court in Moscow, where the judge handed down the sentence, after the basketball player was arrested on February 17 at the airport in the Russian capital, with vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in your luggage.

According to the information published by the ESPN network, the sentence has been a mere formality, since various experts assure that the United States will continue negotiating for his release, through an exchange of prisoners with Russia.

Joe Biden spoke

The president of the United States of America, Joe Biden, issued a statement condemning the punishment imposed on the basketball player, and demanding his immediate release.

Today, US citizen Brittney Griner received a prison sentence that is yet another reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney. She is unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately”, reads part of the statement.

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With almost 6 months detained in Russia, Griner will still have to continue waiting to find out what her future holds, after having made what she called an ‘honest mistake’, previously assuring the judge that it was never her intention to violate any law.

I currently work as a web writer, specializing in NBA and NFL for Empresa EL DEBATE. I worked for 4 years and 5 months in the Sports section of the Printed Newspaper in Culiacán, covering various disciplines, being assigned to the source of Caballeros de Culiacán of CIBACOPA. I had the opportunity to cover the Barrios Basketball Tournament of EL DEBATE for 3 years, one in Mazatlán, 2 in Culiacán, as well as the National War Bands in Los Mochis. In the same way, I was present at various openings and closings of sporting events of the Company. My passion is basketball, so I am constantly researching burst sports, especially the NBA, and have created special works on relevant topics. I covered the Culiacán International Marathon twice, one of the most important events at the local and state level. I am an avid reader, who likes to constantly improve myself, both personally and professionally. I successfully attended the Digital Sports Journalism Workshop at the University of Guadalajara sponsored by EL DEBATE.

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