Brittney Griner Aug 5, 2022; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; A sign supporting Brittney Griner (not pictured), who has recently been sentenced to nine years in prison in Russia, is displayed during the first half of the game between the Washington Spirit and Racing Louisville FC at Lynn Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: EM Dash-USA TODAY Sports

Monday, a Russian court announced October 25 as the date of Brittney Griner’s appeal of her nine-year prison sentence for drug possession, according to the Associated Press.

Griner has been detained in Russian since February 17 when airport authorities allege to have found vape cartridges containing a cannabis derivative inside her luggage. She was put on trial, found guilty, and is now serving a nine-year sentence for drug smuggling and possession charges, even though the cannabis had been prescribed to her.

Griner admitted that she had the canisters in her luggage, but said they were inadvertently packed while her defense team presented written statements that showed it was prescribed cannabis to treat pain.

The U.S. government has been in talks with Russia over a potential prisoner swap that would bring Griner home, though it’s unclear if and when those talks will produce results. The White House has said it has not yet received a productive response from Russia to their offer, though Russia has put the blame on the other side.

The White House recently said that President Biden stressed his “continued commitment to working through all available avenues to bring Brittney and Paul home safely.”

Meanwhile, the basketball star has received lots of support from Team USA her family, and many other people, though not from everyone.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to