Brittney Griner Sentenced To 9 Years In Russian Prison
“I want to apologize to my teammates, my club, my fans and the city [Yekaterinburg] because of my mistake I made and the shame I brought to them,” Griner said in his statement. “I also want to apologize to my parents, my siblings, the Phoenix Mercury back home, the wonderful women of the WNBA, and my wonderful partner back home.”
In response to her sentence, President Joe Biden criticized Russia for “wrongly detained” Griner, and vowed to “pursue every possible path” to bring her home.
“That is unacceptable, and I urge Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends and teammates,” Biden said in a statement. statement. “My administration will continue to work tirelessly and pursue every avenue possible to get Brittney and Paul Whelan home safely as soon as possible.”
Griner had previously testified that she used doctor-prescribed cannabis oils to treat pain from sports injuries, but packed them in a hurry and had no intention of bringing them to Russia, where she playing in the WNBA. “Since they accidentally fell into my pocket, I take responsibility, but I have no intention of smuggling or planning to smuggle [illegal substances] to Russia, “she was testify on July 27.
Griner also complained that Her rights were not read to her when she was first arrested and that she did not receive appropriate interpreting services during the investigation.
In one letter written to Biden Last month, Griner said she was “terrified” that she could be held in a Russian prison forever.
“I realize you’re dealing with a lot of things, but please don’t forget me and the other American Detainees,” she said. “Do all you can to get us home.”