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FILE - Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma gestures to his team as official Dee Kantner, left, watches play during the second half an NCAA college basketball game against Central Florida, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Storrs, Conn. As the NCAA examines various disparities across men’s and women’s sports, pressure is rising to pay referees equally throughout the regular season — and three top conferences told The Associated Press they plan to make changes. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
FILE - Referee Dee Kantner gives Louisville coach Jeff Walz a technical foul during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Nebraska in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Louisville won 85-68. Kantner, a veteran referee of women’s games who works for multiple conferences, finds it frustrating to have to justify equal pay. “If I buy an airline ticket and tell them I’m doing a women’s basketball game they aren’t going to charge me less,” she said. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
FILE - South Carolina head coach Frank Martin argues a call with an official during an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, in Nashville. As the NCAA examines various disparities across men’s and women’s sports, pressure is rising to pay referees equally throughout the regular season — and three top conferences told The Associated Press they plan to make changes. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)
A judge in Russia convicted American basketball star Brittney Griner of drug possession and smuggling. She was sentenced to nine years in prison in a politically charged case that could lead to a high-stakes prisoner exchange between Washington and Moscow. Griner showed little emotion to the sentence but her lawyers said later she was “very upset, very stressed.” U.S. President Joe Biden denounced as “unacceptable” the verdict and sentence, which came amid soaring tensions between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine. Griner had told the court she had no intention to break the law by bringing vape cartridges with cannabis oil when she flew to Moscow to play basketball in the city of Yekaterinburg.
WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner was convicted and received a 9-year sentence from a Russian judge for drug possession and smuggling. Here are the reactions from across the basketball and political worlds.
A judge in Russia says drug possession and smuggling charges against WNBA star Brittney Griner were proven at trial.