By James August 9,2022
Brittney Yevette Griner (born October 18, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), who is currently imprisoned in Russia
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Griner was born in Houston, the daughter of Raymond and Sandra Griner. Her father is a former Harris County sheriff and Marine veteran who served in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. She has three older siblings
In 2009, Griner was named the nation's No. 1 high school women's basketball player by Rivals.com. She was selected to the 2009 Phoenix Mercury All-American basketball team.In 2012, she received the Best Female Athlete ESPY Award.
On August 14, 2014, Griner got engaged to fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson.On April 22, 2015, they were both arrested on charges of assault and disorderly conduct after police responded to a fight between the two in their suburban home in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Griner was on the United States women's Olympic team in 2016, and led them to victory at the Rio Olympics. In 2020, Griner protested the Star Spangled Banner and stated she would not be on the court while the national anthem was played during game openers.
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On February 17, 2022, Griner was arrested on drug charges in Russia. She was detained at Sheremetyevo International Airport after the Federal Security Service found she was carrying vaporizer cartridges containing hash oil
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In a closed-door hearing on June 27, a court in Khimki scheduled Griner's trial to begin on July 1 and extended her detention by six months pending the outcome of her case, according to her attorney, Alexander Boykov
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it is unlikely that Krasikov will be transferred back to Russia. On August 4, the court found Griner guilty and sentenced her to nine years in prison. They additionally fined her 1 million rubles .