Russian Prison Sentencing Announced for WNBA Star Brittney Griner

WNBA star Brittney Griner was sentenced to prison for smuggling illegal drugs into the country by a Russian court.

Griner was detained at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport on February 17th after she was caught with vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage. According to prosecutors, the 0.720 grams of cannabis found in Griner's luggage was a "significant amount."

While Griner did admit to bringing the illegal drugs into the country, she claimed it was by accident. She called it an "honest mistake."

Before her sentencing was announced, the former Baylor star said, "I hope in your ruling it does not end my life."

President Biden released a statement with regards to the sentencing.

"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," Biden stated. "It’s unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends, and teammates."

"My administration will continue to work tirelessly and pursue every possible avenue to bring Brittney and Paul Whelan home safely as soon as possible," President Biden concluded.

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