Phoenix Mercury Pay Tribute to Brittney Griner Following Guilty Verdict, 9-Year Sentence

Phoenix Mercury Pay Tribute to Brittney Griner

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Earlier in the day the Phoenix Mercury released a statement responding to the verdict and sentence:

“While we knew it was never the legal process that was going to bring our friend home, today’s verdict is a sobering milestone in the 168-day nightmare being endured by our sister, BG. We remain heartbroken for her, as we have every day for nearly six months. We remain grateful to and confident in the public servants working every day to return her to her family and us. We remain faithful the Administration will do what it takes to end her wrongful detention. We are inspired every day by BG’s strength and we are steadfastly committed to keeping her top-of-mind publicly until she is safely back on American soil. We will not allow her to be forgotten. We are BG.”

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There were strong feelings throughout the basketball world, as WNBA and NBA players reacted to the two-time Olympic gold medalist’s imprisonment.

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Brittney’s teammate Skylar Diggins-Smith explained the team’s emotional state and how hard it is for them to keep going, but they want to honor BG.

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Mercury guard Diamond DeShields wrote, “Seeing BG behind these bars is breaking my heart. Praying hard for her today.”

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Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams tweeted, “No way! 9 years? Bring our sister and friend home. #FREEBG”

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Miami Heat superstar center Bam Adebayo’s simple message, reflected the thoughts of many fans. “Smh 9 Years…. Free BG.”

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Griner’s hopes of returning home now rely on the diplomatic process and the ability of the U.S. and Russia to negotiate a prisoner exchange.