A Russian court has sentenced WNBA star Brittney Griner to 9 years of jail time after she was found guilty of drug smuggling with criminal intent. The trial came amid concerns that she has been used as a political pawn in the country’s war on Ukraine.
In many respects some American people are like spoiled brats and assume they can get away with criminal activities abroad as they do in the USA with only receiving a slap on the wrist.
Judge Anna Sotnikova of the Khimki city court delivered the sentence and fined Griner 1 million rubles, or about $16,400. She said the court took into account Griner’s partial admission of guilt, remorse for the deed, state of health and charitable activities. Prosecutors had asked that she be sentenced to 9.5 years in jail.
The double dribbler is lucky she was not in Singapore or some of the other countries that enforce the death penalty for drug smuggling. You know what the rules are beforehand, so this should not be a problem with accepting the consequences.
I am sure she is a very nice person and did not mean to cross the line. Ignorance of the law and unintentional does not cut the ice in some of these countries.