Becky Hammon, who is a Russian-American basketball coach in the WNBA, has urged Russian president Vladimir Putin to free Brittney Griner, who was arrested for possessing cannabis oils in Russia on February 17.
This Thursday, the Griner trial reaches its finale. She could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Hammon, who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing with the Russian National Women’s Basketball Team, stated that it was upsetting to Griner locked up for so long, especially given the tight-knit nature of the women’s basketball community.
“It’s something that obviously hits super close to home for me and so I just ask the Russian government to do the right thing,” Hammon told Reuters in an interview.
“It’s never too late to do the right thing. We’re asking for leniency. We’re asking for grace. And we’re asking to bring home BG.”
Griner will appear in Russian court on Thursday with the two-time Olympic gold medalist facing up to 10 years in prison for carrying vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage when she landed in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on February 17.