WNBA star Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian jail for drug-smuggling

Last fall, as she played in her second WNBA Finals, Brittney Griner did what she does so easily, which is shift the topic away from her sport.

“I’m not your typical basketball player,” she said, not defensively or defiantly, but just because she knows it’s true.

So during a week when her Mercury battled the Sky for the championship, Griner was sharing her plans for when she stops playing basketball.

On Thursday, one day before the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was scheduled to begin in South Dakota, Griner was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison.

The rally is surely not top of mind for her right now. But it’s fair to assume she misses the open road, and all that it represents.

That’s the first reaction to her nine-year sentence. They won’t keep her there for nine years, right? They can’t. The Biden Administration can’t let this linger.

 Russia can gain more from negotiating her release than keeping her. There are incentives for both sides to make a deal.

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