Griner's lawyers file appeal on WNBA star's nine-year Russia prison sentence

Griner was sentenced earlier this month in Russia to nine months behind bars for smuggling drugs into the country

WNBA basketball player Brittney Griner's lawyers have filed an appeal for their client's nine-year prison sentence in Russia for drug smuggling.

Griner, who plays in the off season in Russia, was convicted on Aug. 4 for having vape cartridges of hash oil in her luggage when she arrived in February at a Russia-area airport.

The appeal was reported Monday by the Associated Press

Griner at the start of her trial admitted to having the canisters in her luggage but said she packed them in a hurry and did not intend to break the law.

The appeal comes amid talks between the U.S. and Russia about a possible, high-profile prisoner swap.