Brittney Griner sentence reaction: Phoenix Mercury teammate calls out hateful 'trolls'

The WNBA, basketball and sports world reacted swiftly and strongly to Brittney Griner's 9-year sentence after being found guilty and convicted of drug possession and smuggling by a judge in Russia on Thursday.

Among the strongest voices? Griner's teammate on the Phoenix Mercury, Brianna Turner.

Turner commended Griner for being "one of the kindest people" she knows in a Twitter thread Thursday and slammed social media "trolls" for their continued criticism of the basketball star.

Her thread read: "Thinking of BG and how much light she relentlessly brought to everyone around her. Even after sentencing is complete I hope @POTUS & @WhiteHouse will continue to do everything in their power to bring Brittney Griner & all other Americans detained abroad home.

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'Thinking of BG and how much light she relentlessly brought'

"I would love to individually respond and annihilate every negative viewpoint I receive but that would be a waste of my time. At the end of the day many people lack compassion & critical thinking skills and it’s not my responsibility to teach that. Respectfully, get a life trolls.

"I don’t have the capacity to respond to every hateful message about Brittney Griner. I think it’s easy to be an outsider and wish the worst. It’s easy to not know all the facts. It’s easy to spread hate on social media. I know many Americans lack compassion due to all the chaos

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"that happens regularly in our country. BG is my friend and teammate and one of the kindest people I know. Even before being detained in Russia she would receive hate from trolls bc they didn’t like her looks or what she supported. Yet she continuously held her head high.

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The sports world had thoughts on Brittney Griner's sentencing.
The sports world had thoughts on Brittney Griner's sentencing.

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