WNBA Star Sentenced to 9 Years in Russian Penal Colony for an ‘Innocent Mistake’


Brettney Griner brought a “vape pen” that contained hashish oil on her trip to compete in Russia. Russian airport officials found the marijuana cartridges in her bag in February. The court handed her a 9 and 1/2 year sentence on Thursday, August 4th, 2022 for smuggling charges.

Griner claims that it was an “innocent mistake” and records show that she has a prescription for medical marijuana in the United States. The United States proposed a prisoner swap for Griner but it has so far been fruitless. The Biden Administration proposed exchanging an arms dealer in American captivity for Griner and one other. The dealer, nicknamed the “Merchant of Death,” Viktor Bout has a dark and storied history:

Rumoured to speak six languages, Bout developed a decades-long career by acquiring Soviet military transport planes and filling them with various weapons that were left behind after the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991. Since then, Bout has supplied weapons to conflicts around the world including Afghanistan, Angola, Congo, Lebanon, Somalia and Yemen.

It’s quite likely that Vladimir Putin knew full well what he was doing in taking Brittney Griner captive. Sceptics and opponents of the arrangement argue that following through would encourage more Russian hostage taking. Furthermore, Viktor Bout is not a character the United States wants running free.

The other hostage in the exchange, Paul Whelan, faces espionage charges. Russian officials arrested the former US Marine in December of 2018 for his possession of a flash drive with classified information.

According to Insider, Griner “won over” the prison guards and inmates. Both assured Griner that “everything would be okay” before her trial. Her imprisonment appears to be a purely political move on the part of the Russian authorities.

What do you think? Would the prisoner exchange be wise? Should the United States hand over Viktor Bout? Does this set a dangerous precedent?

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7 thoughts on “WNBA Star Sentenced to 9 Years in Russian Penal Colony for an ‘Innocent Mistake’”

  1. RTFUS,RTFU: She chose her flag, she chose her country, she chose her drug, she chose her fate: Option now enjoy you Free Rent and Extended stay. You don’t deserve to be traded for one Terrorist from there, but you can enjoy your new friends. He let the fucker stay and enjoy ours. With some luck you can have a double bunk and your mate can come and stay for the nights, all 9 years in the bush!

  2. Griner is one of many athletes who have a distain for the US. She wants no affiliation with our countries national anthem but expects her country to come running when she is in trouble. She broke the law of the country she was going to and she needs to accept the consequences of her actions. Be thankful she wasn’t going into Turkey, Iran or many other countries who have stiff penalties for bring drugs into their country. It could be worse.

  3. Why would you trade a dangerous terrorist for an everyday street thug? Put the whole world in jeopardy because some politically correct bozo couldn’t do without her dope. She’s right where she belongs. She can sing herself asleep with the National Anthem every night.

    1. I DON’T THINK THAT HER SUPPOSSED PRECRIPTION FOR MEDICAL MARIJUNA IN THE U.S. WAS BEING FILLED BY A VAPE WITH HASHISH. SHE/HE IS DESERVING OF THE PUNISHMENT. NO SWAP OF ANY TERRIOIST BEING HELD HERE IN U.S. THE ONLY ONE I MIGHT SWAP IS HUNTER BIDEN.