Brittney Griner's sentence in Russia 'unfortunate,' basketball legend Lisa Leslie says

Griner initially pleaded guilty to the drug charges. È stata arrestata a febbraio per aver portato cartucce di vaporizzatori contenenti oli derivati ​​dalla cannabis in un aeroporto di Mosca. She had been detained ever since and is likely to be holed up in the country until the U.S. and Russia agree on a prisoner swap.

Lisa Leslie, a former WNBA superstar who won four Olympic gold medals during her illustrious career, attended Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw’s Ping Pong 4 Purpose event on Monday. She spoke to Fox News Digital on Griner’s sentencing.

CLICCA QUI PER MAGGIORE COPERTURA SPORTIVA .

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner holds images standing in a cage at a courtroom for a hearing in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, giovedi, Ago. 4, 2022.

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner holds images standing in a cage at a courtroom for a hearing in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, giovedi, Ago. 4, 2022. (Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool Photo via AP)

“È sfortunato,” the former LA Sparks great said. “But I’m hoping that everything will end up moving in the right direction. I know they had asked for her to plead guilty, she did. Let’s hope we can get an exchange and get her home as soon as possible.

Brittney’s always in our prayers and we are all hopeful that this can all come to an end soon.

Leslie said she believed Griner’s arrest and sentencing was a lesson for everyone.

NBA, WNBA CALL BRITTNEY GRINER’S SENTENCING ‘UNJUSTIFIED AND UNFORTUNATE,’ SPORTS WORLD REACTS

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted from a courtroom ater a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, giovedi, Ago. 4, 2022.

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted from a courtroom ater a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, giovedi, Ago. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

And we learned a lot from that lesson that, sai, per tutti noi. We have to make good choices and really conscious of how we move because every country is not the same and the rules are different and we have to know that,” lei disse.

NOI. segretario di Stato Antony Blinken spoke to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov last month urging him to accept a deal for Griner and Paul Whelan, an American who was jailed on espionage charges.

Lavrov said last week in Cambodia at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that Russia wasready to discussa prisoner swap but only via a dedicated Russia-U.S. channel set up by President Biden and President Vladimir Putin.

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner drinks water as she listens to the verdict in a cage in a courtroom in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, giovedi, Ago. 4, 2022.

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner drinks water as she listens to the verdict in a cage in a courtroom in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, giovedi, Ago. 4, 2022. (Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool Photo via AP)

If the Americans again try to engage in public diplomacy and make loud statements about their intention to take certain steps, it’s their business, I would even say their problem,” Lavrov said. “The Americans often have trouble observing agreements on calm and professional work.

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