WNBA star Brittney Griner was sentenced to 9 years in a Russian penal colony and fined by a Russian court docket on Thursday on prices of smuggling medicine with legal intent. The Mercury star was arrested at an airport close to Moscow in February and accused of getting cannabis oil in her baggage.
After her sentencing, South Carolina and USA Basketball coach Daybreak Staley mentioned Griner’s verdict and what ought to occur subsequent.
“I’ve been following Brittney’s case for fairly a while and I’ve been involved along with her representatives,” Staley told USA TODAY.
“We knew it was going to occur that manner, so I wasn’t heartbroken … I do consider persons are engaged on her behalf to deliver her dwelling. This was a step that was crucial to ensure that them to start the discussions of a prisoner swap. I actually consider we have to do no matter is critical to deliver our Americans dwelling. … We should exhaust each choice to deliver Brittney and Paul Whelan dwelling.”