Russian court will hear Brittney Griner’s appeal Tuesday as WNBA star tries to trim 9-year sentence

A Russian court will hear WNBA star Brittney Griner’s appeal on Tuesday after the American athlete was convicted on drug charges earlier this year. 

Griner, who plays professional basketball in Russia during the WNBA offseason,  

was arrested in February after Russian authorities found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage. 

In August, Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison. 

Griner’s lawyers told NBC News before the hearing that the two-time Olympic gold medalist is “quite pessimistic” that the judge will overrule the court’s original verdict 

WASHINGTON — A Russian court will hear WNBA star Brittney Griner’s appeal on Tuesday after the American athlete was convicted on drug charges earlier this year.

Griner’s lawyers told NBC News before the hearing that the two-time Olympic gold medalist is “quite pessimistic” that the judge will overrule the court’s original verdict.