Brittney Griner, a WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist, is escorted from a court room after her last words, in Khimki, just outside Moscow, Russia on August 4, 2022. A Russian court has sentenced US basketball star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison on drug charges after finding her guilty of narcotics possession and smuggled for bringing cannabis-infused vape cartridges into Russia.
A Russian state prosecutor had requested 9.5 years in prison for Griner, who said in her closing remarks that bringing the cartridges into Russia had been an honest mistake WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner awaits the verdict on August 4, 2022 in a courtroom in Khimki, just outside Moscow, Russia. EVGENIA NOVOZHENINA In its ruling, the court said Griner committed the crime deliberately despite the defendant saying it was an honest mistake. After the sentencing, Griner appeared sad and stony-faced, and said she understood the sentence.