Russian basketball teammates testify in court about Brittney Griner's character

UMMC Ekaterinburg team captain Evgeniya Belyakova told the court that the team misses Griner and her energy.

Team director Maksim Ryabkov said Griner played a "huge role" in the team

On July 14th was Griner's first court appearance after her surprise decision to plead guilty to drug charges last week.

Russian authorities took the Brittney Griner into custody in February

The authorities said they found vaping catridges contains less than a gram of hashish oil, which is against the law in Russia.

Griner pleaded guilty to the charges last week, hoping for leniency from the court

Griner could face as many as 10 years in prison on the charges

In May, the U.S. State Department reclassified Griner's case as a "wrongful detention"

But the White House has not yet said whether it's considering a possible prisoner exchange to secure her release

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