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Sports World Heartbroken Over Brittney Griner's Decision

Brittney Griner walks into court out of prison in Russia.

US Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) basketball player Brittney Griner, who was detained at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and later charged with illegal possession of cannabis, leaves the courtroom after the court's verdict in Khimki outside Moscow, on August 4, 2022. - A Russian court found Griner guilty of smuggling and storing narcotics after prosecutors requested a sentence of nine and a half years in jail for the athlete. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

The sports world remains heartbroken over the developments with Brittney Griner.

This week, the WNBA star's appeal was rejected by a Russian court, meaning she's set to serve her entire nine-year prison sentence, barring a trade with the United States.

Life in a full-time Russian prison sounds pretty rough.

"Brittney Griner will enter a system of isolation, grueling labor and psychological torment when she is transferred to a penal colony, the successor to the infamous Russian gulag, to fulfill a nine-year sentence, former prisoners and advocates say," NBC News reported this week.

Earlier in her prison sentence, Griner was reportedly offered a basketball, so she could play on the prison's hoop.

Heartbreakingly, she rejected the offer, deciding it was too tough to play right now.

"I asked Griner's lawyer if she's had an opportunity to play basketball since she was detained. She said the jail has a hoop, but no ball. When Griner's lawyers offered to bring one, BG declined, saying it was too painful to think about," ESPN's T.J Quinn reported.

Fans are heartbroken by that decision.

"Yeah, her love of the game’s probably gotten killed over all this. What with her being jailed after playing for a Russian team b/c WNBA pay is still that players need to play overseas to get more money. Its just damn sad…," one fan wrote.

"This is heartbreaking, but I get it. BB was something that brought joy, but was also the reason she was in Russia at all, trying to make a living during the WNBA off season. Pls find a way to bring her home," one fan added.

"My heart hurt reading this," another fan wrote on social media.

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 10: Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury looks on during the game against the Chicago Sky during Game One of the 2021 WNBA Finals on October 10, 2021 at Footprint 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images)

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 10: Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury looks on during the game against the Chicago Sky during Game One of the 2021 WNBA Finals on October 10, 2021 at Footprint in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images)

Our thoughts continue to be with Griner's friends and family during this tough time.

Hopefully she'll be brought home soon.