Brittney Griner is finally a free woman after nearly one year of imprisonment in Russia. The U.S. player was at the center of a diplomatic case between the U.S. and Russia, arrested for possessing an empty bottle of cannabis oil, which was illegal, at the Moscow airport and for this she was sentenced to 9 years in prison. Eventually, the U.S. obtained her release by exchanging her for a far more dangerous criminal, arms dealer Viktor Bout.
Returned to the US, Griner has decided to make a return to the hardwood floor as well, with the Phoenix Mercury. The WNBA franchise announced in the past few hours the new signing of Griner, the only team in the league where she has played since 2013, winning the title in 2014 as well as two Defensive Player of the Year awards. In her last season played, in 2021, Brittney Griner had kept 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in the WNBA. After missing the 2022 season due to the arrest, he will pick up where he left off in 2023. Although we are sure that in the future he will be careful not to set foot in Russia, where he played every year in theYekaterinburg, when the WNBA season was stationary since it is played only in the summer.
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– Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) February 21, 2023