In order to avoid having her life “end in Russia,” Brittney Griner pleaded with the judge to impose a light sentence. The WNBA player was charged with cocaine smuggling and found guilty “with criminal intent” on Thursday. Griner was initially detained in February after airport officials in Moscow discovered marijuana-infused vapes in her luggage. Morning Brew is read by more than 3 million people; you should too! Brittney Griner pleaded for a sentence that “doesn’t terminate my life” in Russia during her closing arguments on Thursday as her trial in that country came to a conclusion.
“I want to apologise for the error I made and the shame I caused to my teammates, my club, UMMC, the supporters, and the city of Ekaterinburg. I also want to express my regrets to my parents, siblings, the Phoenix Mercury organization, the incredible WNBA players, and my wonderful hubby back at home “In her closing remarks, Griner stated. “I didn’t intend to damage anyone,”
“I never intended to endanger the Russian populace. I didn’t intend to violate any laws here. I made a sincere error, and I hope your decision won’t mean the end of my life in this place “She went on.
The idea of being used as a political pawn has been mentioned, and Griner added that she hopes politics will be “far from this courtroom.”
She went on: “I want to reiterate that I had no desire to violate any Russian laws. I didn’t mean to. I didn’t plan this crime or conspire to do it. I hope you consider the supporting materials and character lists that everyone sent in on my behalf.”
Since being detained for having vape cartridges in her luggage at a Moscow airport in February, Griner has been detained in a Russian prison.
She was found guilty of having criminal intent by a Russian judge, despite the defense’s insistence that she packed the vapes accidentally. She might spend up to 10 years behind bars.
Griner said of her Russian squad, “This is my second home and all I want to do is just win titles and make them proud.”
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