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President Biden called Brittney Griner’s sentence “unacceptable” on Thursday after the WNBA superstar was given a nine-year prison term following her conviction on drug charges.
Griner learned her fate after a months-long trial. She was arrested in a Moscow airport for possessing vape cartridges with oils derived from cannabis in February. Word of her arrest did not make it across the ocean until March, after Russia invaded Ukraine.
Biden also made clear the U.S. government’s focus was to bring Griner, and another detained American Paul Whelan, home from a Russian prison.
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