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Why Is Brittney Griner Being Detained In Russia?

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Brittney Griner is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women’s National Basketball Association.

Brittney Griner was a member of the United States of America women’s national basketball team that won gold medals at the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.

Brittney Griner
Brittney Griner
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Why Is Brittney Griner Being Detained In Russia?

Brittney Griner has been detained for almost six months in Russia and her detention is a result of some drug charges that were levelled against her. The exact charges were drug smuggling and storing of illegal drugs.

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On August 4, 2022, a court in Russia sentenced Brittney Griner to a nine-year prison sentence as she reportedly pleaded guilty to all charges levelled against her.

Brittney Griner
Brittney Griner
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Brittney Griner has played in the Women’s National Basketball Association since she was drafted in 2013, hence, she has played ten seasons in the Women’s National Basketball Association.

Brittney Griner played college basketball for the Baylor Bears of Baylor University and was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury in the first round of the 2013 WNBA draft.

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