Lawyers: Brittney Griner “very upset” after drug trial conviction

Brittney Griner showed little emotion to the sentence in the Russian courtroom but her lawyers said later she was “very upset, very stressed.”

KHIMKI, Russia — U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted Thursday in Russia of drug possession and smuggling and was sentenced to nine years behind bars in a that could lead to a .

The 31-year-old Griner, listened with a blank expression as an interpreter translated the verdict by Judge Anna Sotnikova, but her lawyers said later she was “very upset.” Griner also was fined 1 million rubles (about $16,700).

U.S. President Joe Biden denounced as “unacceptable” the verdict and sentence,

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