Brittney Griner Appeals Drug Conviction After Show Trial In Russia

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Brittney Griner has appealed her prison sentence in Russia.

The WNBA star was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison after being given a show trial for allegedly possessing banned hash oil.

Now, she’s fighting the decision.

Brittney Griner appeals Russian prison sentence. (Photo by ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Her defense team announced Monday that the drug conviction has been appealed, according to the New York Times.

It’s possible the appeal could take up to three months before a decision is handed down.

WNBA player Brittney Griner appeals nine-year Russian prison sentence. (Photo by EVGENIA NOVOZHENINA / POOL / AFP) (Photo by EVGENIA NOVOZHENINA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

More than anything, it’s time for the United States to get Brittney Griner back. The situation has gone way too far, and it should have never gotten to this point.

The Russian “justice” system is an absolute sham, and no matter what your thoughts are on Griner, there’s no doubt she didn’t get a fair shake.

Brittney Griner appeals drug conviction in Russia. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / POOL / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

This is nothing more than a hostage negotiation at this point, and America can’t and won’t tolerate that happening to our citizens.

When will Brittney Griner be released? (Photo by NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP via Getty Images)

Hopefully, the American government finds a way to get her back sooner than later. The longer this goes on, the more embarrassing it gets.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.


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  1. Maybe we should worry about all the “Sham” justice being applied in our country. Especially when the “Justice System” seems to pick and choose who they want to prosecute and hold accountable based on the political opinion and not on the law. She made her choices of leaving US and going to a known area that was crooked. She doesn’t like America, so she should be happy to not have to be here and we should certainly not spend lots of money trying to get her back.

    • Exactly. How is it a sham? She admitted she had it which is a crime with up to a 10 year sentence in Russia. Maybe Russian judges just aren’t bleeding heart liberals. Maybe Brittney should know the laws of the country she’s going to play basketball in especially given our country’s aggressive stance towards Russia. I’m more concerned with people sitting in jail for over a year for trespassing.

      This is a loser argument on this site. No one gives a shit about her.

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