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Reactions after U.S. basketball star Griner sentenced in Russia

(Reuters) Following are reactions after U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner was sentenced in a Russian court on Thursday to nine years in prison for illegally bringing hashish-infused vape cartridges in to the country. She had admitted getting the cartridges but called it a genuine mistake.

GRINER, BEING LED OUT OF COURT IN HANDCUFFS

I really like my children.

GRINERS LAWYER, MARIA BLAGOVOLINA

She actually is very upset, very stressed. She can hardly talk. Its a hard time on her behalf.

Whenever we saw Brittney on Tuesday, we informed her, See you on Thursday. She said, See you on doomsday. So that it appears like she was right.

GRINERS DEFENCE TEAM, WHICH SAID IN A STATEMENT IT COULD APPEAL

Considering the quantity of the substance not forgetting the defects of the expertise and the plea, the verdict is completely unreasonable.

U.S PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, IN A STATEMENT

Today, American citizen Brittney Griner received a prison sentence that’s yet another reminder of what the planet already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney.

Its unacceptable, and I ask Russia release a her immediately so she could be with her wife, family members, friends, and teammates.

U.s. secretary of state antony blinken

Nothing about todays decision changes our determination that Brittney Griner is wrongfully detained, and we’ll continue attempting to bring Brittney and fellow wrongfully detained U.S. citizen Paul Whelan home.

GRINERS AGENT, LINDSAY KAGAWA COLAS, IN TWEETS

Todays sentencing of Brittney Griner was severe by Russian legal standards and would go to prove what we’ve known all along, that Brittney has been used as a political pawn. We appreciate and continue steadily to support the efforts of @POTUS (Biden) and @SecBlinken to obtain a deal done swiftly to create Brittney, Paul and all Americans home.

It is a time for compassion and a shared knowing that obtaining a deal done to create Americans home will undoubtedly be hard, nonetheless it is urgent in fact it is the proper move to make. #WeAreBG

WNBA COMMISSIONER CATHY ENGELBERT AND NBA COMMISSIONER ADAM SILVER, IN A STATEMENT

Todays verdict and sentencing is unjustified and unfortunate, however, not unexpected and Brittney Griner remains wrongly detained.

The WNBA and NBAs commitment to her safe return have not wavered in fact it is our hope that people are close to the end of the procedure for finally bringing BG home to america.

PHOENIX MERCURY, GRINERS WNBA TEAM, IN A STATEMENT

While we knew it had been never the legal process that has been likely to bring our friend home, todays verdict is really a sobering milestone in the 168-day nightmare being endured by our sister, BG.

We remain heartbroken on her behalf, once we have each day for nearly half a year.

USA BASKETBALL, IN A STATEMENT

We continue steadily to support BG however we are able to and remain engaged with the U.S. STATE DEPT. since it works diligently to being her home. The bravery Brittney is demonstrating when confronted with these unimaginable circumstances speaks to the individual she actually is and the strength she possesses.

We shall not be satisfied until BG is back the U.S. and reunited with her family members, teammates and fans.

Womens national basketball players association

Whatever conversations Secretary Blinken and his Russian counterpart have to have, we trust they are having them with all deliberate speed. Because its time. Its just time. That is critically vital that you BG, to her family, to your country. Were relying on this Administration.

(Published by Frances Kerry and Frank Pingue; Editing by Mike Harrison)

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