Brittney Griner prisoner swap may be one of many in recent history | USA TODAY

The U.S. State Department went public with the possibility of a prisoner swap, revealing that the U.S. had made a "substantial proposal" aimed at securing the release of Brittney Griner.

RELATED: Brittney Griner sentenced to nine years in Russia for drug charges

WNBA star Brittney Griner has been sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison for drug charges.

Now that the trial has concluded, negotiations to free Griner are expected to continue between Washington and Moscow during a period of tension between the two countries.

Griner, who had played for Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg since 2014 during the WNBA offseason, was arrested Feb. 17 at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport. Russian authorities said she carried vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage; Griner said during the trial that took place in Khmiki, Russia, that she accidentally packed them in haste and pleaded guilty "without intent." The court, however, claimed she committed the crime deliberately.

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  1. No way is Brute is getting out anytime soon. Wasn’t Bergdahl turned out to be a traitor as well.

  2. you got to hand it to Brittany she sure does have big balls bringing all those illegal drugs into russia.

  3. The only way I’m okay with a prisoner exchange for her is if they release every American prisoner in jail right now for cannabis if they don’t do that then she can stay in there forever.

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  8. Just keep her.. Mz Rodman was a nobody her till she got arrested. Ive never heard of her till she got arrested. .let her be a nobody there for the same reason of stupidity that got her arrested in the first place.. she a pawn in politics games now… not even a valuable player, just a face with a man’s voice… ready to sell her dignity as a black woman to get out of a crime she willingly committed and then confessed to… just keep her…she didn’t fail anyone but her family. She not a drug dealer… she’s an addict who committed self sabotage…

  9. Leave the American anthem hating BG to do her 9yr sentence in Russia 🇷🇺 She can spend those years realizing how good she actually has it in a Country she hates!

  10. Why does she get special treatment from the US? Surely, there are other Americans being detained in Russia. She broke Russian law as crazy as that law sounds.

  11. She broke the Russian laws. Pay the Russian price. I mean, just because she says no intent to break the law, that is irrelevant. She won’t do the whole 9 years anyways. Less than half

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