The WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist has recently made a buzz on the Internet. The Russian forces arrested Brittney Griner for felony drug charges. She later confessed to carrying cannabis oil with her, which is illegal in Russia.
Griner had no criminal intents and made it clear that she was just in haste while packing her suitcase.
The Basketball Player’s Arrest
Brittney Griner immediately went under arrest after the x-ray of her bag at the Moscow airport. The scan allegedly detected that the basketball player transported hash oil vapes.
Up to now, there have been 5 court sessions. No indication of how long this trial will last, but Griner shall remain detained until Dec 20, 2022.
Griner explains that the substance “ended up in my bags by accident… and I take responsibility, but I did not intend to smuggle or planned to smuggle to Russia,” Brittney Griner, arrested at a Moscow airport in February, explained.
Others defended the case by providing a U.S doctor recommendation letter. It mentioned that the medical cannabis was intended to use for treating Griner’s pain. Cannabis oil has allegedly less harmful effects than other painkillers. Brittney testified that her pain has resulted from her many injuries during her career.
The U.S and Russia Tension
Griner has been in detention for more than five months now. Many of her friends and relatives have been worrying about the Basketball player. They’ve concluded that Griner shouldn’t be in detention, an expression Russians strongly disagree with. She’s held as a pawn, for a prisoner switch seemingly.
Even American soccer Rapinoe raised this concern last week. While this is American thoughts, the Russian media guessed Victor Bout – a Russian Arms trader behind the U.S bars- comes off as the exchange for the Basketball player. It could also help with Paul Whelan, an American locked up in Russia for spying.
Updates on Griner’s Case
There’s no timetable for the trial yet. This indeed creates a stressful situation. Brittney has been contacting Joe Biden and imploring him to help her win this case and ease her return.
Griner even wrote down a letter to the U.S. President: “Please do all you can to bring us home. I voted for the first time in 2020, and I voted for you…my freedom [is what] you can help restore.” Brittney added that she misses her wife, family, and co-players.
What’s Awaiting Next for Griner?
After going through such a storm, Brittney’s lawyers praised her bravery and courage. Griner does not shun problems but faces them fiercely as she wants to set an inspiring example to her followers. Her subsequent trial will be on Aug 2, 2022.
Written by Satina Bungsy
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