Latest Posts

Reaction from NBA, WNBA worlds to sentencing of Brittney Griner in Russia

- Advertisement -

Thursday a Russian judge sentences WNBA star and US team Britney Griner to nine years in prison for drug possession and smuggling.

- Advertisement -

In a case that quickly became highly politically charged, Griner was “wrongfully detained,” according to U.S. diplomats, after police at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport said they found vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage. This amount is less than one gram. Griner pleaded guilty, probably seeking to have her sentence commuted (in a process whose outcome was predetermined), but still approached the maximum the judge could charge. Negotiations on the exchange of prisoners with the participation of Griner continue.

- Advertisement -

The basketball world and not only reacted with shock and supported Griner. What follows is a sample of this reaction.

- Advertisement -

“Today’s verdict and sentencing is unreasonable and unfortunate, but not unexpected, and Brittney Griner continues to be detained in error,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a joint statement. “The commitment of the WNBA and the NBA to her safe return is unwavering and we hope we are close to completing this process to finally bring BG home to the United States.”

“Today, American Britney Griner was sentenced to prison, another reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully holding Britney in custody,” President Joe Biden said in a statement. “This is unacceptable and I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends and teammates.”



Source: nba.nbcsports.com

- Advertisement -

Latest Posts

Don't Miss