BREAKING: Brittney Griner Found Guilty Of Drug Possession, Sentenced To Nine Years In Prison

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WNBA’s Brittney Griner has been found guilty of drug possession & drug smuggling by a Russian court judge. The 31-year-old has been sentenced to nine years in prison as well as fined one million rubles, which is the equivalent to $16,400 in U.S currency.

Prior to her sentencing, Griner reportedly issued an apology.

“I want to apologize to my teammates, my club, my fans and the city of (Yekaterinburg) for my mistake that I made and the embarrassment that I brought on them. I want to also apologize to my parents, my siblings, the Phoenix Mercury organization back at home, the amazing women of the WNBA, and my amazing spouse back at home.”

Griner also stated that Yekaterinburg was like a second home to her.

“I had no idea that the team, the cities, the fans, my teammates would make such a great impression on me over the 6 1/2 years that I spent here. I remember vividly coming out of the gym and all the little girls that were in the stands there waiting on me, and that’s what kept making me come back here.”

Jim Heintz from the Associated Press earlier reported that a verdict on Griner’s drug trial appeared “almost certain” and that Russian prosecutors were pushing for 9 1/2 years of prison time.

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