“Absolutely Heartbreaking”: Brittney Griner’s Sentence Upheld by Russian Court Leaves Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird Emotionally Devastated

Published 10/26/2022, 7:30 AM EDT

Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird are not just America’s one of most renowned athletes but are a power couple. Known for their activism, philanthropic work, and powerful speeches, the duo never misses a chance to make their voice heard. Both the athletes speak their hearts out, be it voicing their disagreement with the ones in power or talking about reforms.

Megan earlier today shared two very vital screenshots in her Instagram stories. The soccer star extended her support to the Texas basketball star, Brittney Griner, as the latter is having a tough time in Russia.


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Megan Rapinoe and her fiancée support Brittney

For the unversed, the Russian court, on Tuesday, upheld Brittney’s 9-year sentence to a Russian penal colony. The verdict came in the aftermath of the rejection of the plea that a Moscow court had filed. Following the decision, Brittney’s fans and members of the sports fraternity came out in support of her.

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Joining others, Megan and her partner Sue also extended their support and stood in solidarity with Griner and her family. Voicing their support for the basketball player, Megan shared the screenshot of Sue’s Twitter post. The WNBA champion wrote, “Absolutely heartbreaking. We miss you, BG.


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Megan further shared another screenshot of the Tweet from American professional basketball player Chiney Ogwumike. In the shared post, Chiney wrote“My heart continues to break for BG and her family. It’s been 250 days. We must do everything in our power to get her home.” It’s been a long since Brittney has been serving her time at the Russian prison. The diplomatic talks for her release are still underway. 


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The story so far 

In February, Griner was detained in a Moscow airport after officials found cannabis oil and vape cartridges in her luggage. However, it took until March for news of her detention to reach the United States. As she pleaded guilty to smuggling drugs into the country, the Russian court sentenced her nine-year prison term.


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Griner’s lawyer had asked for a suspended sentence in Tuesday’s appeal, but the appeal stood suspended. The basketball player, who has been playing professionally in Russia since 2014, has been imprisoned for several months. The White House has been attempting to gain her release.

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Mubhaswara Ahamed

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Mubhaswara Ahamed is currently working as a US Sports Author for Essentially Sports. She completed her Grad degree in English Literature from Calcutta University. Mubhaswara was introduced to the world of sports by her father.

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