Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner was found guilty of drug possession and smuggling by a Russian court and sentenced to nine years in prison, according to reports early Thursday morning.
BREAKING: Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years by Russian court.
Daunting but expected sentence. Effectively closes 1st chapter in her detainment and moves her fate to the diplomatic world. Real length of detention will be however long it takes to reach deal between US & Russia.
— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) August 4, 2022
Griner was arrested in February at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport for cannabis possession and has been detained in Russia since. Some believe the verdict and sentencing could lead to a U.S.-Russia prisoner swap.