Brittney Griner pleads guilty to drug charges in Russia

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WNBA star Brittney Griner has pleaded guilty to drug charges during her trial in Russia after being found with cannabis oil.


A handwritten letter from Brittney Griner was handed over to the White House on the morning of July 4th, according to the Griner family, which supplied excerpts to reporters. In the letter, the imprisoned WNBA star implored the president not to forget her and expressed that her already deep appreciation for Independence Day had acquired a new meaning this year.


“I’m terrified I might be here forever,” wrote Griner, who has been detained in Russia since mid-February. “On the 4th of July, our family normally honors the service of those who fought for our freedom, including my father who is a Vietnam War Veteran. It hurts thinking about how I usually celebrate this day because freedom means something completely different to me this year.”


Griner, whose trial began last week, was arrested at a Moscow airport in February after Russia alleged she had cannabis oil in her luggage. A Russian judge issued an order for Griner, the Phoenix Mercury center who played in Russia during the WNBA offseason, to remain in custody for the duration of the trial.