A Russian court has sentenced WNBA star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison for drug possession and smuggling; she has also been fined 1 million rubles —about $16,000.

Griner offered an apology ahead of the sentencing.

“I want to apologize to my teammates, my club, my fans and the city of (Yekaterinburg) for my mistake that I made and the embarrassment that I brought on them,” she said. “I want to also apologize to my parents, my siblings, the Phoenix Mercury organization back at home, the amazing women of the WNBA, and my amazing spouse back at home.”

She added: “Hope in your ruling it does not end my life.”

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