sentenced to 9 years in a Russian prison camp. In February, the WNBA center, Olympic gold medalist and seven-time All-Star was at an airport near Moscow when a cartridge containing hashish oil, a cannabis concentrate, was found in her luggage.
Upon the news of the case surfacing weeks later, a political and social frenzy ensued as the nation tried to uncover how one of the league’s brightest stars was caught in the center of nightmarish legal proceedings.
Griner, 31, was born in Houston, Texas, the youngest of Sandra and Ray Griner’s four children. Kids tormented her in grade school for her physical features: her self-described flat, thin body— the very build that would help make her famous.
She began to take basketball seriously in high school and chose to attend Baylor University in 2009, helping them cement a 40-0 record during the 2012 season.At the start of her final year of college, Griner shocked fans when she avoided the WNBA draft.Read more on essence.com