To add insult to injury, Brittney Griner’s gender is now being called into question.
WNBA superstar Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison following being convicted on drug charges in Russia last week. Griner initially pleaded guilty to the drug charges. She was arrested back in February for carrying vape cartridges containing oils derived from cannabis through a Moscow airport. Griner has been detained ever since and is likely to be stuck in the country until the U.S. and Russia agree on a prisoner swap.
If that ever happens. In the meantime social media has been going nuts over claims that Brittney Griner has been “ordered by officials” to take a DNA test to determine whether she would serve her sentence in a male or female prison.
See all the tweets below:
— BRAD LABORDE (@LabordeBrad) August 5, 2022
Russia has ordered a DNA test to determine weather Griner is Male or Female
— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) August 7, 2022
Is this for real? pic.twitter.com/mpzfk4BI6R
— Ivan Trumpovic 🇦🇺🇭🇷🇺🇸🇷🇺Z (@QualityTweets78) August 7, 2022
Griner has been targeted with similar claims that she’s not a woman throughout her basketball career.
The basketball star addressed the issue directly in 2015, as part of a photoshoot for ESPN Magazine’s “Body Issue”.
Griner said: “I’ve heard, ‘Oh, she’s not a female, she’s a male.’ I’ve been told, ‘Oh, she’s tucking stuff.’ They thought I was tucking.
“I mean, [in the Body Issue] it’s out there. Let me show that I embrace the flatness! I just want people to see somebody who embraces being naked, embraces everything about them being different.”
A 2013 interview with Elle reported that she “never had the feeling she was born the ‘wrong’ sex.”
Griner said: “I’m just being myself, honestly. I know society puts it, ‘Oh, this is masculine and this is feminine.’ I don’t put myself in categories.”
All of this is just distractions from the task at hand, to get Brittney home.
This has gone on way too long.
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