Brittney Griner tried to bring marijuana across international borders, and her consequences have been headline news ever since.
On August 4, a judge in Russia sentenced the WNBA star to nine years in prison for drug possession and smuggling.
Before the judge read her ruling, Griner plead with the could that “she had no intention to break the law by bringing vape cartridges with cannabis oil into the country when she flew to Moscow in February to play basketball in the city of Yekaterinburg.”
Griner’s last ditch appeal did not work, obviously.
Attention has now turned to a potential high-stakes prisoner swap.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has proposed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov potential prisoner swaps that could release Griner and Paul Whelan, another American imprisoned in Russia.
Both Griner’s and Whelan’s sentences and convictions were pretty harsh, probably because Russia wanted them as negotiating chips with America.
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