Griner is sentenced to nine years in prison in Russia

Griner is sentenced to nine years in prison in Russia.

American basketball star Brittney Griner was sentenced by a Russian court on Thursday to nine years in prison.

Basketball player Griner has been convicted of drug smuggling with criminal intent.

Judge Anna Sotnikova has sentenced WNBA star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison and 1 million rubles (16,000 euros).

Griner said in court that he had no intention of endangering the Russian population. “I never wanted to hurt anyone, I never wanted to endanger the Russian population, I never wanted to break any law here.”

“I have made an honest mistake and I hope in your decision that my life does not end here. I know that everyone continues to talk about the political hostage and politics, but I hope that this is far from this courtroom”, she said today during the trial.

She has been playing for the Russian club UMMC Ekaterinburg since 2013 on and off.

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