To be quite frank, I didn’t even know who the lady was until she got popped with trying to go through Russian customs with a bunch of hashish capsules for her vape unit. I do not follow women’s basketball [or men’s either for that matter], nor do I follow rich athletes who follow in the footsteps of Colin Kaepenick. Ya know….those athletes who got rich playing some game in the U.S. but yet hate the U.S. (I digress) As the story goes, together with her team on Feb. 17, 2022, Brittney Griner went to Russia to play an exhibition game. Whilst going through customs it was the 6’8” tall hooper (Brittney) who was caught carrying cartridges of hashish, an illegal substance, into the foreign country which prompted the authorities to throw her into a nice Russian jail cell. After much ado and talk of prisoner exchanges, her pleas for the U.S. to somehow extricate her from Russian bondage went unanswered and on August 4th, 2022 she went before the judge for sentencing. The short version is she was sentenced to 9 years in a Russian prison and has to pay 1 million Rubles to boot. Epilogue: Griner is healthy and doing as well as can be expected and after 9 years in a Russian prison she will probably have a full working knowledge of the Russian language. Who knows, maybe the Russians will decide to cut her a deal if she plays basketball for their women’s team. Side note: It was suspected that Brittney Griner is trans by some in the U.S. media but the prison matrons in Russia assure us all that she is indeed a real she.