The Phoenix Mercury star was arrested in Russia in February.
KHIMKI, Russia — Basketball player Brittney Griner has been sentenced by a judge in Russia to spend more years in prison for illegal possession and drug smuggling.
La Prensa Asociada reported that the star of Phoenix Mercury reacted with little emotion to the sentence and that during the verdict he had lost his gaze.
Griner was arrested in February at an airport in Russia while playing with that country’s team.
When the basketball player was checked at the airport in Moscow, it was discovered that she was carrying cartridges with cannabis oil for electronic cigarettes, which is illegal in Russia.
During sentencing, Griner said he had no intention of breaking the law.
President Joe Biden reacted to the verdict saying:
“You are unacceptable and I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be reunited with her wife, loved ones, friends and teammates.”
Biden reiterated that his administration will continue to try to bring Brittney and Paul Whelan home safely.
Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in prison in Russia
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