James Palmer, Ian Rapoport and Andrew Siciliano Joke About Surviving a Russian Prison on The Day Brittney Griner Sentenced to 9 Years in Jail – BlackSportsOnline
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James Palmer, Ian Rapoport and Andrew Siciliano Joke About Surviving a Russian Prison on The Day Brittney Griner Sentenced to 9 Years in Jail

Brittany Griner was sentenced to 9 years in jail for bringing weed hash into Russia.

While there is hope, she won’t serve out the entire sentence. No one knows when she will be coming home.

A Russian court sentenced Brittney Griner to 9 years after finding her guilty of cannabis possession and smuggling — despite her claims that she “made an honest mistake” and her tearful pleas for mercy.

Seating in a cage reserved for defendants at the Khimki court outside Moscow, Griner remained stone-faced upon hearing the verdict.

When given a chance to speak during Thursday’s hearing, Griner, 31, with her voice quivering, acknowledged her “mistake” and pleaded for leniency.

“I want the court to understand that this was an honest mistake that I made while rushing, under stress, trying to recover from COVID and just trying to get back to my team,” Griner said, referring to her packing vape cartridges in her luggage on her way to Russia in February.

“I know everybody keeps talking about political pawn and politics, but I hope that is far from this courtroom,” she continued. “I made an honest mistake and I hope that in your ruling, that it doesn’t end my life here.”

Griner, who pleaded guilty to the charges, said that she did not intend to break Russian law, and that her parents had taught her to take ownership of her errors.

Earlier in the trial, Griner testified that she inadvertently placed cannabis cartridges into her bag while “stress-packing” for her trip to Russia, where she was contracted to play basketball for a local team during WNBA’s off-season.

While off the air, it appears reporters from the NFL Network were joking about if they could survive in a Russian prison. Ian Rapoport apparently told James Palmer that he could. When they returned from break, Andrew Siciliano asked Rapoport if he was feeling okay after being tackled during training camp. That is when Palmer let the world in on their inside joke.

As you can imagine, it didn’t go over well on social media.

Flip the page for the joke and some of the Twitter reactions.

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