Why Is Brittney Griner Not Playing Against Indiana Fever Tonight?

Brittney Griner on the Met Gala
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Brittney Griner is sitting out the Phoenix Mercury’s recreation towards the Indiana Fever on Tuesday, August 1.

The Phoenix Mercury shared a well being replace forward of the sport by way of Twitter, noting that Griner, 32, is “not with the workforce” on Tuesday night attributable to her “psychological well being.” Griner was additionally absent from the Mercury’s showdown towards the Chicago Sky on Sunday, July 30.

At some point prior, the Phoenix Mercury shared a press release by way of Twitter saying that Griner wouldn’t play within the two video games.

“Mercury heart Brittney Griner is not going to journey with the workforce on its upcoming two-game highway journey to Chicago and Indiana (July 30-August 1) to deal with her psychological well being,” the Saturday, July 29, assertion read. “The Mercury absolutely assist Brittney and we are going to proceed to work collectively on a timeline for her return.”

In February 2022, Griner was detained in Russia after a drug-sniffing canine allegedly discovered cannabis oil in her baggage. She was then held in a Russian jail for months till she lastly returned residence in that December — 10 months later.

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“After months of being unjustly detained in Russia, held beneath insupportable circumstances, Brittney will quickly be again within the arms of her family members and he or she ought to have been there all alongside,” President Joe Biden stated in a press convention on the time, alongside Britney’s spouse, Cherelle Griner, and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Brittney, for her half, broke her silence quickly after. “It feels so good to be residence,” she wrote by way of social media on the time. “The final 10 months have been a battle at each flip. I dug deep to maintain my religion and it was the love from so lots of you that helped hold me going. From the underside of my coronary heart, thanks to everybody in your assist.”

Regardless of her harrowing expertise, Brittany was adamant that she would play together with her workforce upon returning residence.

“I additionally need to make one factor very clear: I intend to play basketball for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury this season,” she stated. “And in doing so, I sit up for with the ability to say ‘thanks’ to these of you who advocated, wrote, and posted for me in particular person quickly.”

5 months after her homecoming, Brittney and Cherelle — who’ve been married since 2019 — attended the 2023 Met Gala collectively, color-coordinating in impartial tones. Each wore Calvin Klein.

Brittney has additionally performed with the Mercury all through the 2023 season, which started in Could. On June 25, she was named WNBA All-Star Starter.