Here's What Brittney Griner's Guilty Plea Could Signal
July 11, 2022 at 3:56 pm
Brittney Griner, whose detention in Russia sparked an international outcry, has pleaded guilty.
As Blavity previously reported, the WNBA star — who was first detained in Russia on February 17, 2022, after hash oil was allegedly discovered in her luggage — told the Russian court that she “inadvertently” carried the prohibited substance into the airport.
“I’d like to plead guilty, your honor. But there was no intent. I didn’t want to break the law,” Griner told the judge, according to Reuters. “I’d like to give my testimony later. I need time to prepare.”
Despite celebrity — and social media — outcry, however, Griner has remained in custody.
Despite her guilty plea, legal experts believe that this is just the beginning of what promises to be a protracted case.
Here’s everything we know, so far, about Griner’s guilty plea and what it may mean for her return to the United States.