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Brittney Griner

Brittney Griner is a decorated basketball player who plays for the WNBA and has also played in Russia's UMMC Yekaterinburg.

As of 2022, Griner was a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a seven-time all-star player.

Griner started her career early, and was named the nation's #1 high school women's player in 2009. That year she also began to play for the Phoenix Mercury All-American team. Griner then came out as lesbian publicly in 2013. She said she had previously been bullied for her sexuality.

In 2016 she won her first Olympic gold at the Rio Olympics. In 2021 she won a second gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

On May 8, 2015, Brittney Griner and fellow basketball star Glory Johnson married. The two divorced in June 2016 but had twins together.

Griner proposed to Cherelle Watson in 2018. The pair were later married.

Griner has been sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison, along with a fine of about $16,400.

September 16 2022 10:22 AM

Brittney Griner was convicted of drug-related charges in early August and sentenced to nine years in prison by a Russian court. 

August 23 2022 5:41 PM

(CNN) The U.S. State Department maintains Griner is wrongfully detained, and her case has raised concerns she is being used as a political pawn.

August 15 2022 10:31 AM

The president said the situation is "unacceptable," and the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus and the Human Rights Campaign agreed.

August 04 2022 9:26 PM

The out WNBA star was first detained by Russian authorities in February. The Biden administration has admonished Griner's arrest as politically motivated. 

August 04 2022 11:06 AM

Trump called the lesbian basketball star a “potentially spoiled person” who entered Russia “loaded up with drugs.”

August 01 2022 3:02 PM