Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Griner plans to play for Mercury next WNBA season

American basketball player Brittany Griner said she was “grateful” to be back in the United States and will play for the WNBA’s Mercury Phoenix next season, a week after being released from a Russian prison in a dramatic prisoner exchange between Washington and Washington. planned to play and Moscow.

“It feels great to be home,” Griner posted on Instagram Friday in his first public statement since his release. “The last 10 months have been a battle in every way. I searched deep within myself to keep my faith and it was the love of so many of you that kept me going. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for your help.”

Griner was arrested in Russia in February on drug possession charges. He was later convicted and sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison. After months of tense negotiations and an exceptionally rare public disclosure by the Joe Biden administration that it had made a “substantial offer” to bring home Griner and another detained American, Paul Whelan, the matter was resolved last week in a prisoner exchange. In which the WNBA star was traded for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer in the United Arab Emirates.

While WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said she would give Griner time to decide whether she wanted to play again, Griner clarified that “I intend to play for the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA this season. ” , and in doing so. , I hope that soon I will be able to personally say ‘thank you’ to those of you who supported me, wrote and published.

“It’s an incredible time to be home before the holidays,” Engelbart told The Associated Press in an interview on Thursday. “It is a great story for all who know it.”

The Mercury began the season on May 19 against the Los Angeles Sparks on the road. The first home game for the Phoenix team is a trip to the Chicago Sky two days later.

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