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Theory Floated On Brittney Griner's Harsh Prison Sentence

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A theory has been floated on why Brittney Griner received such a harsh prison sentence in Russia.

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Griner, one of the WNBA's top players, was sentenced to nine years in prison on drug charges in Russia. 

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She was caught at the airport with hash oil in a vape pen in her backpack. Griner has been in Russian custody ever since.

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A prominent professor believes that Griner's harsh prison sentence was due to her skin color and her sexuality. Griner, who is Black, is also gay.

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“There is no question that if she weren’t a woman who challenged the sexual norms… She’s married to a woman, but she’s a dominant ball player.  

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he’s a phenomenal cultural icon. Even LeBron had to admit it,” Michael Eric Dyson said, per Yahoo 

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This Black woman, had she been anybody else — even a straight Black woman would’ve received more support than a queer Black woman with a Black wife.”

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Griner has been in Russia since earlier this year.The U.S. Government continues to work on bringing her home, but so far, it's been unsuccessful.

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Hopefully the longtime WNBA star will be back on American soil soon.