Given a “large number of extenuating circumstances […]we will accuse a fairly lenient judgment, ”one of his lawyers, Alexander Boïkov, told the press on Tuesday after a new hearing at the Khimki court, in the suburbs of Moscow.
He pointed out that even in the United States, where Brittney Griner had cannabis on prescription from her doctor, she did not limit it only “once in a while” to relieve her pains – the result of injuries suffered during her sports career. . A medical expert working with the defense team, Mikhail Tetyushkin, insisted to the press that cannabis, the medical use of which is banned in Russia, is widely used for medical purposes around the world.
According to a representative of the American embassy in Moscow, Elisabeth Rood, who attended the hearing, the basketball player, imprisoned for about five months, “is doing as well as possible”.
The Phoenix Mercury player was traveling to Russia to play there during the American offseason, a common practice for WNBA basketball players who often make a much better living abroad than at home.