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The WNBA All-Stars showed their support for Brittney Griner on Sunday as they all wore center-back Phoenix Mercury’s jersey number during the second half of the game.
A’ja Wilson’s team would defeat Breanna Stewart’s team for All-Star supremacy 132-112. After the game, the players made it clear that their focus was on Griner.
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“BG is one of us. She’s our sister,” said Wilson, who plays for the Las Vegas Aces. “And at the end of the day, we’re going to do everything we can to expand the platform that we have to make sure everyone is doing what they need to be doing to make sure she gets home safely.”
Seattle Storm shooting guard Sue Bird added: “We just wanted to make sure that at some point we could, on national TV, obviously in front of a (big) crowd, put Brittney’s name up front. That was our way. to honor his.”
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Griner has been detained in Russia since February. She was arrested for allegedly bringing vape cartridges through a Moscow airport that contained cannabis-derived oils.
Griner pleaded guilty to the drug charge in an attempt to obtain a lenient sentence.
“Obviously we’re thinking about Brittney Griner right now,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in Chicago. “She remains a huge priority for us, she continues to have our full support, fully focused on getting her home safely and as soon as possible of course.”
Griner faces up to 10 years in prison.
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Aces guard Kelsey Plum was named the All-Star Game MVP. She scored 30 points in her All-Star debut. New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu added 19 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Associated Press contributed to this report.