One hundred and forty-four: That’s both the number of women in the WNBA and the number of days that league superstar Brittney Griner has been unjustly detained in Russia at the time of this writing. This haunting coincidence weighed heavily on the all-star celebrations in Chicago last weekend, but was also particularly symbolic as the players showed solidarity in the way they showed their support and solidarity. sympathize with Griner in her absence.
All stars and eight-time WNBA champions were named honorary starters for Sunday’s game, and her name was inevitable at the weekend: whether on her warm-up t-shirt the players, fan posters and her colleagues’ lips all -clean. “For all of us in the WNBA, all we want is for BG to come home and be safe where she belongs,” Sue Bird, the final all-star appearance, told GQ. “This is the world of sports, yes, but BG is an American. We are all Americans and so we need to represent her in a way that always has her name in mind. “
In a strong display of solidarity during Sunday’s game, all the stars emerged from the dressing room after half-time wearing Griner’s 42 (one orange, one black). It was the ultimate expression of the WNBA players’ rallying call throughout the season: “We are BG.” For Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson, the phrase “meaning a lot because she’s our little sister. She is one of us and we wouldn’t be complete without her. “
Like many of her WNBA teammates do during recess to supplement their WNBA pay, Brittney Griner was traveling to Russia to compete abroad when she was arrested at Moscow International Airport after Cannabis vape boxes were found in her luggage. “It’s hard to believe. So many of us are out there… playing football abroad and leaving one of us stranded there, sadly,” said Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas. Bird, who played 10 seasons in Russia, said: “This is one of us… just a player trying to make a living abroad.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist, who pleaded guilty to drugs last week, said she had “no intention” to “break the law”. Sue Bird has a reminder for those who are quick to reconsider the mistake Griner made: “She didn’t do anything so terrible that she was trapped in a Russian prison and taken advantage of. as a political pawn. I think people need to separate that way and understand this is just one person in a terrible position. We just want her back home.”
Players association president Nneka Ogwumike said that right now it’s all about “understanding that she’s one of us” and “making people understand what kind of person she is and understand her situation.” “. If you’ve ever watched six-foot-nine-inch Brittney Griner play basketball, you know she’s dominant, but off the court? “The spirit of BG is crazy. Wilson said. “She makes you laugh, she dances, she’s funny, she’s just an ordinary, cold person. Take care of. I don’t think many people know that. BG is one of them. She is a gem. “
https://www.gq.com/story/wnba-all-star-weekend-brittney-griner-solidarity WNBA Stars Show Solidarity for Brittney Griner at All-Star Weekend