After Brittney Griner’s Internet Shattering Announcement, WNBA Team Phoenix Mercury Make Their Stance Clear

Russia released Brittney Grenier on December 8 after ten months in captivity. Although there were rumors of a possible prisoner exchange deal between the United States and Russia, her release came as a surprise to many of her friends, teammates, and fans. News of Greener’s release spread everywhere early in the morning and her supporters couldn’t believe she was finally home. After the release, there were questions about her future in basketball.


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A few days later, Griner released her first public statement where she revealed that she will be playing for the Phoenix Mercury next season. The ad broke the internet as her fans were hoping she would return to playing basketball. On the other hand, an official from the Phoenix Mercury has already revealed the club’s position.

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As the news of Brittney Griner’s release broke early in the morning, Phoenix Mercury President Vince Kozar was awakened by calls from Diana Taurasi who wanted to inform him that Griner had been released. According to ESPN reports, Kozar cried after hearing the news. He stated that her release was a great relief to him. However, he admitted that he still couldn’t believe that this had finally happened. Kozar then expresses doubts about ever seeing her again.

Then the head of Mercury spoke about the future of Greener. “We don’t think about basketball,” He said. “Her main concern, and as I’ve said to people before – if she never plays another game of basketball, another minute of WNBA basketball again, we’ll still love her and take care of her the same way, and nothing about how we feel about her or what she means to us, or this city will change.” Or her family or anything like that.”

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The team’s position was clear before Griner announced her future. Mercury and the WNBA have rallied to release the 2014 WNBA champion since her arrest in February. The team tried to convey Griner’s position to the fans to gain more support. When she was finally released, everyone who supported her let out a sigh of relief.

Surprise visit

Brittney Griner was taken to a military base in San Antonio after her release. Greiner and his wife, Cheryl, stayed at the base for a few days. After evaluations at the medical center, it was revealed that Greiner was doing well.

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During their stay, Diana Taurasi, Vince Kozar, and Mercury General Manager Jim Pittman paid a surprise visit. Mercury’s social media handlers shared photos of their visit and had fans excited.

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