Brittney Griner sentenced to nine years in Russian prison on drug charges

A Russian judge sentenced Brittney Griner after the WNBA star and two-time United States Olympic gold medalist was found guilty of drug possession

Brittney Griner, was arrested on Feb 17th 2022 at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport for carrying vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage

“I made an honest mistake, and I hope that in your ruling, it doesn’t end my life here," Brittney  Griner said addressing the court

Brittney Griner is an American professional basketball player who is associated with Phoenix Mercury team of Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)

Brittney Griner has received an Olympic gold medal, an NCAA championship, a FIBA World Cup gold medal and a WNBA championship

“I want to apologize to my teammates, the club, the fans and the city of (Ekaterinburg for) the mistake that I made and the embarrassment I brought " said Brittney Griner

In a statement released shortly after the verdict, US President Biden said "one more reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney."

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that the verdict and sentencing are "unjustified and unfortunate, but not unexpected."

“The hard work that my parents instilled in me is what brought me to play for the best EuroLeague and Russian team here in Ekaterinburg,” Griner said inside the courtroom

Brittney Griner entered a guilty plea weeks ago and has apologized to her family and wife