Brittney Griner is detained and now is facing up to 10 years in prison after she entered a plea to the drug charges against her. And according to the BBC, Griner pleaded guilty in a Russian court.
Brittney Griner has been found guilty and is sentenced to 9 years in prison, after six months of being detained in an airport in Russia.
She had less than 1 gram of cannabis oil and admitted to overlooking it when she was getting back home.
Russian prosecutors request that the WNBA player and Olympic star, serve nine and a half years for the cannabis oil vape pens in her luggage. Therefore, she has been incarcerated for six months and is expected to serve nine other years.
Brittney Griner pleaded guilty
Griner pleaded guilty, but she stated that she didn’t deliberately break the law. She explained her actions at the court and said that she didn’t intend on traveling with her oil vape cartridges.
She was arrested at an airport and her oil vape cartridges were confiscated. I would like to plead guilty, she said, but there was no intent and I didn’t want to break the law, Griner added.
She made the pleas public to President Joe Biden. I am terrified I might be here forever, she wrote. President Biden responded to her saying he is working to secure a release as soon as possible.
But however, Griner admitted that it was not in her intention to travel with her vape oil cartridges. It has been reported that she was arrested at an airport near Moscow when the cannabis oil vapes were caught in her luggage.
She explained that from the hurry the oil had ended up in her luggage. In front of the court, she explained she had no intention of breaking the law. So, she has been detained in Russia after the customs officers found the oil in her luggage.
It is believed that she got arrested in February and is believed she had been detained since then. Her agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas confirmed the report. She went to Russia to play basketball. They are contacting her legal representation family and team.
Is believed that she was the last WNBA player who left Russia and Ukraine. Therefore, what is important for her agent and family is to bring her home safe and her mental health is important.
Her team went for a report and claimed that they fully support her and for them is important to bring her back to US safe. So, after the start of the war in Ukraine, USA American travelers do not travel to Russia, and Americans should leave Russia.
For the Russian government, her arrest as they say should be considered a wake-up call for Americans in Russia to shut down the business.
The transportation of drugs could carry a 10-year sentence in Russia. It is believed that the detainment of one of WNBA’s biggest stars could possibly be an attempt by Russia to gain leverage against the United States due to the situation in Ukraine.
A’ja Wilson’s statement about Brittney Griner detained
WNBA star A’ja Wilson broke down in tears following a game against LA Sparks, as she opened up over her teammate Brittney Griner after seeing her in a vulnerable position.
‘I hated it,’ said Wilson in the post-game interview. It just made my stomach turn, she added. It is still confusing if Griner will return to the United States.
Many U.S. officials have been in contact with her, and express that she is in a good shape. Her trial extension tells otherwise.
She is our sister, we can’t imagine what she is going through. So, I pray every day for her to get back home, Wilson stated.
What do you think about this? Will it be difficult to take her back home with all that is happening now?