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Brittney Griner pleads guilty to drugs charge in Russia


Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner pleaded guilty Thursday in a Russian court to a drugs charge, according to Reuters.


"I'd like to plead guilty, your honor. But there was no intent. I didn't want to break the law," Griner said in court. "I'd like to give my testimony later. I need time to prepare."


ESPN's T.J. Quinn also reported that a source said Griner told the court she accidentally packed the vape cartridges containing hashish oil that were allegedly found in her luggage by Russian officials when she was arrested in February.


Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a tweet that members of the U.S. Embassy in Russia attended the hearing and "delivered to her a letter from President Biden."

"We will not relent until Brittney, Paul Whelan, and all other wrongfully detained Americans are reunited with their loved ones," Blinken stated in the tweet.


Griner faces up to 10 years in prison. Her next court hearing is scheduled for July 14.