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WNBA blasts Russia’s Griner verdict as ‘unjustified and unfortunate’

US basketball star Brittney Griner’s drug conviction and nine-year prison sentence from a Russian court is “unjustified and unfortunate, but not unexpected,” NBA and WNBA leaders say.

“Today’s verdict and sentencing is unjustified and unfortunate, but not unexpected and Brittney Griner remains wrongfully detained,” say WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert and NBA commissioner Adam Silver in a joint statement.

“The WNBA and NBA’s commitment to her safe return has not wavered and it is our hope that we are near the end of this process of finally bringing BG home to the United States.”

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