WNBA Star Brittney Griner Sentenced 9 Years To Moscow Prison

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WNBA star Brittney Griner is being sentenced to 9 years in prison after being found guilty of drug charges in a Russian court.  Griner, 31 pled guilty to drug charges and has been jailed in Russia since February after authorities there claim they found a vape cartridge with under a gram of cannabis oil in her luggage. 

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The two-time Olympic gold medalist is at the center of a proposed “prisoner swap” that the White House is trying to negotiate that involves a Russian arms dealer jailed in the U.S.  The Kremlin has been blamed of using Griner as a political pawn.

President Biden says Russia is wrongfully detaining Griner. In a statement out this morning, Biden said he’s calling on Russia to release her immediately “so she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends, and teammates.”

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