Brittney Griner introduced a glimpse of her private tale whilst attesting in a Russian court docket on Thursday in a case by which she faces a conceivable sentence of as much as 10 years in jail. Her criminal group has appealed for leniency within the case, arguing that she has contributed to Russian society and that she didn’t intend to wreck the regulation.

“I grew up in a standard space, a standard family in Houston, Texas, with my siblings and my mother and my dad,” Ms. Griner, 31, informed the court docket. “My oldsters taught me two essential issues: One, take possession on your obligations and two, paintings onerous for the entirety that you just get. That’s why I pleaded in charge to my fees.”

“I perceive the entirety that has been stated in opposition to me within the fees in opposition to me, however I had no intent to wreck Russian regulation,” added Ms. Griner, who was once detained in mid-February in a Moscow airport whilst on her technique to Yekaterinburg, a Russian town close to the Ural Mountains the place she were enjoying for a neighborhood group right through the W.N.B.A. off season.

Customs officers discovered two vape cartridges containing lower than one gram of cannabis oil in her baggage.

“I would like the court docket to remember the fact that it was once a decent mistake that I made whilst dashing and in tension looking to recuperate post-Covid and simply looking to get again to my group,” she informed the court docket on Thursday.

Ms. Griner additionally spoke of her time enjoying for UMMC Yekaterinburg.

“That tough paintings that my oldsters instilled in me is what had introduced me to play for the most productive Russian group,” she stated. “I had no concept that the group, town, the fanatics and my teammates would make this kind of nice influence on me over the six and a part years that I spent in Yekaterinburg. It was my 2d house with my buddies, my teammates and my fanatics that I might at all times engage with.”

The basketball big name apologized to her teammates at the Russian squad and town of Yekaterinburg, her circle of relatives and her fellow W.N.B.A. gamers, together with her Arizona group, the Phoenix Mercury.

Addressing the pass judgement on within the case, Anna S. Sotnikova, Ms. Griner stated, “I made a decent mistake, and I am hoping that to your ruling that it doesn’t finish my lifestyles right here.”

She additionally alluded to the potential of a prisoner change that may permit her to go back to the USA, a subject matter that has been the topic of talks between Moscow and Washington, with force on President Biden to assist protected her liberate.

“I do know that everyone helps to keep speaking about political pawn and politics, however I am hoping that this is a ways from that court docket,” Ms. Griner stated.



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