Mercury Focus on the Big Picture Amid Griner’s Conviction in Russia

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By Ben Pickman While the Mercury star was found guilty of drug smuggling and sentenced to nine years by a Russian court, her teammates remain focused on bringing Griner home. For weeks, members of the Mercury braced for Thursday’s ruling in the trial involving their teammate Brittney Griner. And when a decision was reached in the Moscow court, hours after Griner delivered her closing remarks, the verdict leveled against the WNBA star was unsurprising to many. Griner was found guilty of drug smuggling charges, and sentenced to nine years in a penal colony by a Russian court. The judge also issu…

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