According to a report by Associated Press, Griner’s appeal against his previously announced nine-year sentence was dismissed by a Russian court on Tuesday. Thus, the sentence will be confirmed, although the Moscow court in question also reportedly said that the length of the sentence “will be recalculated” to include the time she spent in detention before being tried.
In August, Griner’s legal team is appealing a conviction earlier that month for possession of a small amount of hash oil. In a statement shared in response to Griner’s sentencing, President Joe Biden said the ruling by the Russian court marked an “unacceptable” development.
“Today, U.S. citizen Brittney Griner was sentenced to a prison sentence that is yet another reminder of what the world already knew: Russia wrongfully detains Brittney,” Biden said. said at the time.
The U.S. government maintained this position throughout cover of Griner’s detention, which began with his arrest at a Moscow airport in February. Prior to the arrest, Griner had played for the region’s UMMC Yekaterinburg team.
Griner’s detention has remained a source of worldwide criticism, as have the major issues surrounding it. At one pointDennis Rodman intended to go to Russia to offer help to secure Griner’s release. However, later that same month it was reported that Rodman would actually be not make such a trip.
Breanna Stewart, meanwhile, is among the other athletes who have pushed for Griner’s release. In a post shared on Twitter on Monday, the Seattle Storm player noted how long Griner had already been detained at that time, tagging President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in the process.