UPDATE (10:15 a.m. ET): Brittney Griner pleaded guilty in a Russian court today to drug charges and told the judge, “I’d like to plead guilty, your honor. But there was no intent. I didn’t want to break the law.” It’s unclear what her guilty plea will mean for her chances of being released. She faces up to 10 years in in prison. (Reuters)
Imprisoned WNBA star Brittney Griner is back in a Moscow courtroom today as calls for her release grow louder at home.
The Phoenix Mercury held a public rally in support of Griner on Wednesday with teammates, coaches and fans joining Griner’s wife, Cherelle Griner, in calling for her release. Cherelle told the crowd, “One hundred thirty-nine days have passed since my wife has been able to speak to me, to our family and our friends. I’m frustrated my wife is not going to get justice. I know you all are frustrated, too. That’s why you’re here.” Earlier in the day, she said she received phone calls from Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden “to reassure her that he is working to secure Brittney’s release as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, it’s unclear whether Griner will get to testify in her trial. She’s been detained since mid-February when she was found in possession of cannabis oil at a Moscow airport and is facing up to 10 years in prison. The U.S. government has said she is being wrongfully detained and used by Russia as a political pawn. (NBC News)
Written by: Tony Williams