Brittney Griner has shared her honest reaction to being jailed in Russia.
On Thursday, Griner was sentenced to 9 years in prison after she was caught with two vape pens filled with hashish oil at a Moscow airport earlier this year.
American women’s basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted of deliberately smuggling drugs into Russia and sentenced to nine years of jail time Thursday in a case that has raised concerns she is being used as a political pawn in Russia’s war against Ukraine.
Judge Anna Sotnikova of the Khimki city court delivered the sentence and fined Griner 1 million rubles, or about $16,400. She said the court took into account Griner’s partial admission of guilt, remorse for the deed, state of health and charitable activities. Prosecutors
After her sentencing was announced, Griner shared a message stating that she did not intend to break Russian laws and clearly made a mistake.
Brittney Griner was convicted on drug charges for smuggling cannabis oil into Russia pic.twitter.com/K1UndXFr9I
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“I never meant to hurt anybody, I never meant to put in jeopardy the Russian population, I never meant to break any laws here,” Griner said. “I made an honest mistake and I hope that in your ruling that it doesn’t end my life here. I know everybody keeps talking about political pawn and politics, but I hope that, that is far from this courtroom.”I want to say again that I had no intent on breaking any Russian laws. I had no intent. I did not conspire or plan to commit this crime,”
Griner’s fellow athletes called for the Biden administration to help the WNBA star get freed from Russian prison.
— A11Even (@KyrieIrving) August 4, 2022
Smh 9 Years…. Free BG 🤞🏾
— 13am Adebayo💥 (@Bam1of1) August 4, 2022
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) August 4, 2022