Reactions to the sentencing of Brittney Griner, 9 years in prison

WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner was convicted and sentenced to nine years in prison for drug possession and trafficking on Thursday.

WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner was convicted and sentenced to nine years in prison for drug possession and trafficking on Thursday. Here are the reactions from the basketball and political circles:

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“Today, US citizen Brittney Griner was sentenced to a prison term that is yet another reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney. This is unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with his wife, loved ones, friends and teammates My administration will continue to work tirelessly and explore all possible avenues to bring Brittney and Paul Whelan home safely as soon as possible.” – said President Joe Biden.

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“Today’s verdict and sentencing are unwarranted and unfortunate, but not unexpected, and Brittney Griner remains wrongfully detained. The WNBA and NBA’s commitment to her safe return has not wavered and we let’s hope we are close to the end of this process to finally bring BG back to the United States.- WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a joint statement.

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“The wrongful detention and unjust conviction of Brittney Griner are brazen and unacceptable violations of the rule of law by Putin. Russia must release her immediately. – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.

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“Today’s sentencing of Brittney Griner was severe by Russian legal standards and will prove what we have known all along, that Brittney is being used as a political pawn. We appreciate and continue to support the efforts of (at)POTUS and (at)SecBlinken to quickly reach an agreement to bring Brittney, Paul and all Americans home. Bringing Brittney and Paul home is the only goal, and as such we must use every tool available. We have to stay focused and united. It’s a moment of compassion and a shared understanding that getting a deal to bring Americans home will be difficult, but it’s urgent and it’s the right thing to do. – Brittney Griner’s longtime agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas, tweeted.

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“Thinking of BG and the light she relentlessly brought to everyone around her. Even after the sentencing is over, I hope that (at) POTUS and (at) WhiteHouse will continue to do everything in their power to bring back Brittney Griner and all other Americans detained overseas. — Brianna Turner, Phoenix Mercury Teammate tweeted.

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“While we knew it was never the legal process that would bring our friend home, today’s verdict is a sobering step in the 168-day nightmare endured by our sister, BG. We We remain sorry for her, as we have done every day for almost six months. We remain grateful and confident in the public servants who work every day to give her back to her family and to us. We remain loyal to the administration that will do this whatever it takes to end her wrongful detention. We are inspired every day by the strength of BG and we are strongly committed to keeping her publicly in mind until she is safely back on the American soil. We will not allow it to be forgotten. We are BG – the Phoenix Mercury said in a statement.

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“Today’s verdict and sentence, while inevitable, are disappointing. The unjust decision today is what it is, unjust. It’s a terrible blow. Whatever conversations Secretary Blinken and his Russian counterpart must be having, we are confident they are having them at deliberate speed. Because it’s time. It’s just time.” – The WNBA Players Association said in a statement.

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“It was very difficult to watch, watched a little. I couldn’t bear to see her behind bars. It was a bit too much for me. I don’t even know what to say about the sentence. Unheard of. Amazing. I feel like it’s just unreal. I hope President Biden and everyone in the White House can do whatever they need to get her out. – Odyssey Sims, who played with Griner at Baylor and who is now with the Connecticut Sun, said.

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“It was extremely heavy. We carried it with us all year. Seeing her in that situation and hearing her words was really, really difficult. A lot of our players aren’t in a big space right now. L Phoenix Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard said

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