Britney Griner offered to take a look of her personal story while testifying in Russian court on Thursday in happening in which she opposes possible sentence of up up to 10 years in prison. Her legal team filed an appeal for condescension in case, arguing that she had contributed to Russian society and that she had no intention of breaking the law.
“I grew up up in normal house in Houston, Texas with my siblings and my mom and dad,” Ms Griner, 31, told the court. “My parents taught me two important things: first, take responsibility for your duties and two, work hard for whatever you get. That is why I pleaded guilty to my charges.”
“I understand everything that was said against to me in accusations against me, but I had no intention of violating Russian law,” added Miss Griner, who was detained in mid February in Moscow airport while on her way to Yekaterinburg, Russian city near the Ural Mountains, where she was playing for local team during the WNBA off season.
customs officers found two vape cartridges containing less than one gram of hash oil in her luggage.
“I want court to understand that it was fair mistake what am I made during the rush and in stress trying to recover post-Covid and just trying to get back to my team”, she told the court. on Thursday.
Miss Griner also spoke of her time playing for UMMC Yekaterinburg.
“What hard work It is mine parents grafted in me this is what led me to play for in best Russian team,” she said. “I had no idea what team, city, fans and my teammates would do this great impression on to me over in six and half the years that I spent in Yekaterinburg. It became mine second home with my friends, my teammates and my fans that I will always interact with”.
Basketball star apologized to teammates on squad of Russia and city of Yekaterinburg, her family and her fellow WNBA players including her Arizona team the Phoenix Mercury.
Appeal to the judge in case of Anna S. Sotnikova, Ms Griner said: “I made honest mistake and I hope in your decision that my life does not end here.
She is also hinted at the possibility of a prisoner swap places allow her to return to the United States, issue it was the subject of negotiations between Moscow and Washington, with pressure on President Biden help achieve her release.
“I know that everyone keeps talking about political pawn and politics, but I hope it’s far from that courtroom,” Ms Griner said.