Brittney Griner is a professional American basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA. She is an Olympic gold medalist and famous basketball superstar.
A Russian justice sentenced Griner to drug smuggling and possession and punished her to nine years in a Russian prison. The Judge also fined her 1M rubles.
Brittney Griner Crime
Griner- Khimki Court
The Khimki court hearing comes six months after Griner was under arrest at a Russian airport and suspected of trying to smuggle approximately a gram of cannabis oil.
Acting US Ambassador in Russia Elizabeth Rudd appeared in court on Thursday and said she would continue to help Griner at every step.
Brittney Griner- Elizabeth Rudd
Brittney Griner- Moscow Airport
Griner claimed that she made an "honest mistake" when she delivered a vape pack of cannabis oil to a Moscow airport in February 2022.
US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken said last week that the Biden administration had made "substantive proposals" for basketball players to return.
Brittney Griner- Anthony Brinken
Griner- White House
After court hearing, the White House said it is conducting a possible prisoner swap with Russia to bring Greener and other Americans detained in Russia back to America.
Russian authorities have clarified that no prisoner exchanges will be allowed until convictions and sentences are passed.
Brittney Griner- Russian Authorities
Brittney Griner Family
The supporters and family of Brittney Griner are continuously forcing the US government to get her back.