US basketball star Brittney Griner appeared to know she was going to face a tricky sentencing as she had instructed her lawyer earlier than that she knew it might be “doomsday” for her.
Ms Griner additionally mentioned “I really like my household” on Thursday as she was led out of a Russian courtroom in handcuffs after being sentenced to jail for 9 years on medicine expenses, Reuters reported.
“After we noticed Brittney on Tuesday, we instructed her ‘see you on Thursday’. She mentioned, ‘see you on doomsday. So it appears like she was proper,” Ms Griner’s lawyer Maria Blagovolina mentioned, in keeping with Reuters.
The basketball star was convicted on expenses of medicine possession and smuggling after she entered Russia with cannabis-infused vape cartridges.
Her sentencing was dubbed by her agent as “extreme by Russian authorized requirements”.
“At this time’s sentencing of Brittney Griner was extreme by Russian authorized requirements and goes to show what we now have recognized all alongside, that Brittney is getting used as a political pawn,” Lindsay Kagawa Colas, the basketball star’s agent, tweeted on Thursday.
US secretary of state Antony Blinken mentioned officers would proceed to work to deliver Ms Griner and “fellow wrongfully detained US citizen” Paul Whelan again to US soil.
“Nothing about at this time’s resolution adjustments our dedication that Brittney Griner is wrongfully detained,” he added.
President Joe Biden known as the sentence “unacceptable” and known as on Russia to launch the basketball star instantly in order that she could be along with her “spouse, family members, mates, and teammates.”
“At this time, American citizen Brittney Griner obtained a jail sentence that’s another reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney,” Mr Biden mentioned.
Ms Griner’s lawyer mentioned she was “very upset” and “very pressured” by the sentence.
Throughout her closing remarks, the Houston native reportedly mentioned it had been “an trustworthy mistake”.