WNBA basketball star Brittney Griner wore a Nirvana T-shirt inside the defendants’ cage throughout a court docket listening to in Khimki, Russia, simply outdoors of Moscow, on Friday (July 15).

Griner, a championship athlete with the WNBA staff the Phoenix Mercury and two-time Olympic gold medallist, was detained by Russian customs in February after cartridges of hash oil, an unlawful substance in Russia, have been present in her baggage.

See images of Griner within the Nirvana shirt beneath.

The basketball participant had traveled to Russia to affix the Russian Premier League through the WNBA offseason, in line with The New York Occasions and ESPN. Griner’s trial in Russia started July 1. She pleaded responsible in court docket the next week, however she added, “There was no intent. I did not wish to break the legislation,” per The Washington Put up.

Natalia Kolesnikova, Getty Photos

Natalia Kolesnikova, Getty Photos

Griner’s attorneys say she had mistakenly carried the drug into Russia. In addition they say she had a medical prescription for the hashish by-product to take care of her power ache points. The 31-year-old athlete has been detained in Russia for almost 5 months.

What Is a Defendant’s Cage?

A defendant’s cage holds an accused particular person inside a court docket constructing. The cage’s bars resemble that of a regular jail cell. However its use could also be unfamiliar to some.

“Using cages has largely fallen over time, nevertheless it persists to a point world wide — locations like Russia, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Kuwait, Iraq and Egypt,” NPR stated.

It additionally often for “particularly violent criminals” in Spain, Italy, France and Germany, in line with Jenia Iontcheva Turner, a professor at SMU Dedman Faculty of Regulation in Dallas.

On prime of being behind bars in court docket, Griner’s presence in Russia is made extra difficult by Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine that started in February, led by Russian President Vladimir Putin

Natalia Kolesnikova, Getty Photos

Natalia Kolesnikova, Getty Photos

Placed on a Nirvana ‘Smiley Face’

The actual Nirvana design Griner sported on her T-shirt is likewise surrounded by controversy.

The traditional Nirvana “Smiley Face” design, as seen on her trendy tie-dye model of the shirt, reveals the recognizably grinning graphic that is amounted to a authorized tangle between the disbanded grunge act and a designer who claims he created the logo.

In January, Nirvana LLC, the controlling firm for the group that was led by the late Kurt Cobain, denied designer Robert Fisher’s declare that he made the brand, reported KNX.

In 2018, Nirvana filed a lawsuit towards luxurious style model Marc Jacobs for making a “blatant ripoff” of the logo in its “Bootleg Redux Grunge” assortment.

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