Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving asked the question that so many pondered on Thursday morning: What is happening with Brittney Griner?
On Thursday, a Russian court found the WNBA star guilty of drug charges, months after she was arrested at a Moscow airport with vape cartridges containing hashish oil found in her belongings. Brittany plead guilty to the charges last month but has maintained that it was not her intent to bring an illegal substance into the country. The U.S. government has maintained that Griner was “wrongfully detained” and has presented the Kremlin with a “substantial proposal” to bring her and American Paul Whelan back home. On the legal side, her attorneys have said they would appeal the verdict they called “absolutely unreasonable.” Fans all over the world is in disbelief of Brittany receiving 9 years in Russian prison.
“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,” President Biden said in a statement.
“It’s unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends, and teammates. My administration will continue to work tirelessly and pursue every possible avenue to bring Brittney and Paul Whelan home safely as soon as possible.” But Dugan warned that such rhetoric could complicate negotiations.
Many are wondering if drug smuggling is the real issue. although marijuana, or hash oil in this matter is illegal in Russia, the fact that Brittany Griner is openly gay and Russia frowns on that even more. what ever the situation is, the point of the matter is Brittany is getting the short end of the stick and she deserves to come home to her wife, family, team friends and family. Enough is Enough, Free Brittany Griner!