Brittney Griner’s long-running legal battle in Russian court has been finally concluded. Now, controversies are raging throughout the industry regarding the matter of punishment that Griner received. Trevor Noah recently slammed Russia over Brittney Griner’s sentence.
After a Russian judge sentenced Brittney Griner to 9 years in jail, Trevor Noah went in on the foreign country, dragging Vladimir Putin and labeling Thursday’s judgment total “bullsh*t.” On “The Daily Show,” Noah said it all, accusing Russia of exploiting Griner and her drug trial as political pawns to gain leverage on the US.
“We all know Russia doesn’t care about what Brittney Griner did. This is the same country that’s breaking every human rights law on the planet, but they’re like, ‘That woman has vape cartridge. She’s real criminal.'”
“Get the f*ck out of here, man!”
Noah went on to term Thursday’s decision “bullsh*t.” The comic, however, stated that there is some good news to come from Griner’s sentence: the United States and Russia can now reportedly begin serious prisoner swap talks. And Noah is plainly in favor of giving the country anything it wants in order to reclaim the WNBA star.
“Yeah, it seems like they win, but don’t forget, that person now has to live in Russia. Yeah, yeah. They’ll get there and be like, ‘This whole country is prison. I miss food in Alcatraz, no!'”
He then went on to point a huge finger at the WNBA for not paying their players enough. If Griner made enough money playing for the WNBA, then she wouldn’t have needed to play in Russian in the off-season.
Meanwhile, Griner’s Phoenix Mercury teammates observed a 42-second minute of silence before their game against the Connecticut Sun on Thursday night. During the pregame ceremony, players from both teams joined arms, and at the end, an arena-wide “Bring Her Home!” cry erupted.
Griner will be entitled to appeal her conviction, but a prisoner trade is likely to be her only way out of Russia before the end of her nine-year sentence. Let’s see if the court reconsiders Griner’s punishment. Stay tuned to Thirsty for more information.
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