WNBA prima Brittney Griner has been recovered blameworthy and faces up to 10 years in Russian situation for allegedly having a tiny magnitude of cannabis successful vape cartridges packed successful luggage she brought done a Moscow airdrome earlier this year.
Russian prosecutors person asked the justice for a nine-and-a-half-year condemnation for the Phoenix Mercury player. A condemnation is expected to beryllium handed down aboriginal Thursday.
Any sentence, however, would beryllium thrown retired if American and Russian authorities struck a woody connected a captive swap. Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed past week that the U.S. had enactment distant a “substantial offer,” reportedly suggesting that Griner and different American prisoner, erstwhile Marine Paul Whelan, beryllium exchanged for convicted Russian arms trader Viktor Bout.
Griner pleaded blameworthy to charges of cause possession, but said successful tribunal Thursday that she had made an honorable mistake and apologized for bringing “embarrassment” connected her Russian teammates.
“I privation to besides apologize to my parents, my siblings, the Phoenix Mercury enactment backmost astatine home, the astonishing women of the WNBA, and my astonishing spouse backmost astatine home,” she added. Griner has been joined to her wife, Cherelle Griner, since 2019.
“I cognize everybody keeps talking astir ‘political pawn’ and politics, but I anticipation that that is acold from this courtroom,” she said, according to multiple outlets. “I privation to accidental again that I had nary intent of breaking Russian laws. I had nary intent. I did not conspire oregon program to perpetrate this crime.”
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