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PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 10: Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury durring pregame warmups at Footprint Center on October 10, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Mattina/Getty Images)

Brittney Griner’s Russian teammates testified on her behalf.  Evgeniya Belyakova said that Griner was the ‘heart of the team’ and the fans loved her.  Griner’s attorney said that Maksim Ryabkov, “Gave a positive description of Brittney Griner during his speech in court, noting her outstanding abilities as a player and personal contribution to strengthening the team spirit, which allowed the team to achieve the highest results in the Russian basketball premier league and in international competitions for many years.”  Brittney’s trial is slated to complete in August, and she is facing 10 years behind bars in Russia.