Written by: Khalif Thompson
Today in Hip Hop News, Brittney Griner, a WNBA star, has been sentenced to 9 years in jail after being found guilty on drug charges in a Russian court.
Griner, 31, pleaded guilty to narcotics charges and has been imprisoned in Russia since February after officials claim they discovered a vape cartridge with less than a gram of cannabis oil in her baggage.
The two-time Olympic gold winner is at the center of a planned "prisoner exchange" involving a Russian arms dealer imprisoned in the United States, which the White House is attempting to arrange.
Griner has been accused of being used as a political pawn by the Kremlin.
According to President Biden, Russia is unlawfully holding Griner. In a statement issued this morning, Biden urged Russia to free her "so she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends, and teammates."