Brittany Griner was officially sentenced to nine years. In a Russian prison after being accused of drug and smuggling. This was part of a long saga that began in February when Griner was arrested at A. Russian airport for carrying weed oil in her bag. The story received international news coverage and, as you can imagine, people were outraged at such a harsh punishment.

The NBA and WNBA have been monitoring this situation very closely, and have been making a concerted effort to bring Griner home safely. Following the decision from Russia, both leagues issued a joint statement expressing their shock at the verdict.

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“Today’s ruling and verdict is inappropriate and unfortunate, but not unexpected, and Brittney Griner has been wrongfully imprisoned,” Griner said. The process of finally bringing BG to the United States.

The United States is currently Working on a prisoner exchange For Griner, though, it remains to be seen when that will happen.

Stay with HNHH for more news and updates from this developing story.