Judgment in Brittney Griner An international drug smuggling case is underway and President Biden is looking to free the NBA player. As we reported earlier, a Russian court sentenced Griner to 9 years in prison for drug smuggling.
Some time after the verdict was announced, Biden released a statement regarding the basketball star’s jail time.
Today, American citizen Brittney Griner received a prison sentence.
Back in February, Brittney was detained at Moscow airport after customs officials found two vape boxes in her luggage. The cartridges are believed to contain hash oil, which is classified by authorities as an illegal substance.
Griner has been detained by Russia for the past five months, with the US government making pleas on her behalf. Now that she has been convicted, Biden announced that his administration will continue to work to bring her home.
That is unacceptable, and I urge Russia to release her immediately so that she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends and teammates. My administration will continue to work tirelessly and pursue every avenue possible to get Brittney and Paul Whelan home safely as soon as possible.”
Before sentencing, Griner apologized to the Russian citizen, explaining that she never intended to harm anyone.
I never intended to hurt anyone, I never intended to endanger the Russian people, I never intended to break any laws here. I made an honest mistake and I hope your judgment that it doesn’t end my life here. “
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