WNBA

Russian Judge Convicts WNBA’s Griner, Gives 9-year Sentence

Aug 4, 2022, 9:46 AM | Updated: Sep 29, 2022, 7:58 am

Brittney-Griner-WNBA-Mercury...

Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury durring pregame warmups at Footprint Center on October 10, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Mike Mattina/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mike Mattina/Getty Images)

KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — A judge in Russia convicted American basketball star Brittney Griner of drug possession and smuggling Thursday and sentenced her to nine years in prison for drug possession and smuggling.

Judge Anna Sotnikova said the time Griner has served in custody since her arrest in February would count toward the sentence.

Griner reacted to the sentence with little emotion. She listened to the verdict from the defendant’s cage, a blank stare on her face.

While recapping the evidence and giving her findings Thursday, the judge said the 31-year-old Griner illegally brought drugs into Russia.

Before the unusually quick verdict was announced, Griner made a final appeal to the court. She said 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.

Attention now turns to the possibility of a high-stakes prisoner swap that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken proposed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Under the proposed deal, Griner and Paul Whelan, an American imprisoned in Russia on an espionage conviction, would go free.

The commissioners of the WNBA and the NBA had this to say regarding Griner’s sentence.

Russian officials have remained poker-faced about a possible deal and chafed at U.S. statements about the case, saying a possible deal should be discussed through “quiet diplomacy without releases of speculative information.”

U.S. President Joe Biden issued a statement on the verdict that referred to Griner as “wrongfully detained,” a designation that Russian officials have bristled at.

“Today, American citizen Brittney Griner received a prison sentence that is one more reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney. It’s unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends, and teammates,” Biden said.

WNBA

alissa-pili-goes-in-for-the-block-against-the-mercury-2024...

Michelle Bodkin

Utah Women’s Basketball Has Traveled To See Alissa Pili, Minnesota Lynx

Count Utah women's basketball as another team that takes the "family" motto to heart with several members traveling to watch Alissa Pili.

3 days ago

alissa-pili-competes-with-minnesota-lynx-in-wnba-2024...

Michelle Bodkin

Former Utah Women’s Basketball Star Alissa Pili Becomes Nike N7 Ambassador

Former Utah women's basketball star and current Minnesota Lynx rookie Alissa Pili just signed a deal to be a Nike N7 Ambassador last week.

5 days ago

Caitlin-Clark-Indiana-Fever-WNBA...

Doug Feinberg, AP

Report: Caitlin Clark Left Off USA Basketball National Team Olympic Roster

WNBA star Caitlin Clark won't be headed to the Paris Olympics, according to a person familiar with the decision.

7 days ago

A'ja-Wilson-Las-Vegas-Aces-WNBA...

The Associated Press

Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson Posts Historic Performance In Win Over Dallas Wings

A’ja Wilson had 36 points, 12 rebounds and six steals to help the Las Vegas Aces beat the Dallas Wings 95-81 on Wednesday night.

9 days ago

WNBA-Commissioner-Cathy-Engelbert-NYSE...

Doug Feinberg, AP

WNBA Commissioner Says Charter Flight Program Still Has A Few Kinks But Is Running Smoothly

The WNBA's new charter flight program still has a few expected kinks according to commissioner Cathy Engelbert.

15 days ago

Caitlin Clark WNBA Debut Indiana Fever Connecticut Sun...

DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer

Caitlin Clark Prepares For WNBA Regular-Season Debut As Fever Take On Connecticut

Caitlin Clark's much anticipated WNBA debut is set for Tuesday night as the Indiana Fever take on the Connecticut Sun.

1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

...

KSL Sports

Utah Hockey Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Want to get the latest info on Utah's newest sports franchise? Sign up for the Utah Hockey newsletter!

Hans & Scotty's Day of Adoption...

Hans & Scotty’s Day Of Adoption

Join the KSL Sports Zone for Hans & Scotty's Day of Adoption, in partnership with the Humane Society of Utah, on June 25th, 2024!

ksl-sports-newsletter...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

...

KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Russian Judge Convicts WNBA’s Griner, Gives 9-year Sentence