Griner Upset About Jail Conditions But Terrified of Where She’s Headed Next, According to Lawyer

American basketball player Brittney Griner fears for her future.

According to the New York Times, Griner is “increasingly concerned” about her prospects of being released from a sentence in a Russian prison.

Griner’s Russian attorney said the WNBA player, who is behind bars for drug possession, is struggling.

“She wasn’t in as good a condition as I could sometimes find her,” Alexandr D. Boykov said in an interview published Wednesday.

Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport in February after a small amount of hash oil was found in her luggage. In August, she was sentenced to nine years in a Russian penal colony, according to the Times.


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Boykov claims that Griner fears the United States government will not make a deal with Russian authorities to secure her freedom.

“She’s not quite convinced that America can bring her home,” Boykov claims.

“She is very concerned about the price of it [a prisoner exchange] and she’s afraid she’ll have to serve out the whole sentence here in Russia.”

Griner is currently in a penal colony outside of Moscow, according to the Times. But she may not be serving her sentence there. And it’s the prospect of where she might go that’s terrifying.

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“Mr. Boykov said the uncertainty about what type of prison Ms. Griner would end up in is particularly worrying as she fears it will be one with deplorable or inhumane conditions,” the Times reported.

President Joe Biden indicated in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper last week that he is willing to negotiate Griner’s release, even in a face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin himself.

It is more than fair to point out that Griner’s earlier criticism of the American justice system is a bit of sharp irony given her circumstances. You’re unlikely to find inmates in American prisons serving a nine-year sentence for bringing a personal quantity of marijuana through an airport.

Griner went beyond just kneeling for “The Star-Spangled Banner” — the progressive athlete openly called on the WNBA to stop playing the national anthem in 2020, even announcing she would stay in her team’s locker room if the anthem was played, according to a July 2020 report in the Washington Post.

Now the multi-millionaire athlete would probably be more than relieved to hear “The Star Spangled Banner” instead of the Russian national anthem, which itself is a crude substitute for the Soviet anthem.


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Regardless of Griner’s left-wing views, Russia’s sham justice system is just that — a sham. American basketball players aren’t the only people unjustly locked into dictatorships or coming close to their true victims.

Political figures who prevailed by challenging Vladimir Putin’s neo-Stalinist regime are regularly sent to Russian prisons. According to the British Guardian, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny faces a 15-year prison sentence on flimsy allegations of alleged poisoning.

A dismal 0.25 percent of defendants in Russian criminal cases are acquitted, according to government data verified by the UK Independent.

One might almost think that Griner’s experience as a prisoner of a truly authoritarian state would make her reconsider her anti-American views. And maybe it will. Griner Upset About Jail Conditions But Terrified of Where She’s Headed Next, According to Lawyer

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