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Vice President Kamala Harris recently tweeted that she had a great time at the basketball game, cheering on the Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury, as well as celebrating the return of @BrittneyGriner to the court.
Also, Kamala Harris said that BG has returned with grace, courage, and determination, which presents as an inspiration to all.
In yesterday’s match, Mercury scored 71 -94 against Sparks, and they lost the match to the Sparks. Brittney Griner individually scored 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists in that match.
1. Who Is Brittney Griner?
Brittney Griner is a professional basketball player in America and plays for Phoenix Mercury in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).
Moreover, she is a two-time gold medalist in the Olympics with the United States Women’s National Basketball Team.
2. Why Was Brittney Griner Put Behind Bars in Russia?
However, Brittney Griner was arrested in February 2022 at Moscow Airport after authorities allegedly found vape cartridges comprising hashish oil in her luggage. She was in a Russian prison for 10 months on drug charges and faced her worst time there.
3. How Did Brittney Griner Get Released from Detention?
After being arrested at the airport, Brittney was in detention, and additionally, she was sentenced to nine years imprisonment, and a lot of national controversies have started.
For releasing Brittney, an open deal of prisoner, the trade happened in December. She was released in trade for a high-level prisoner, a merchant of death, Victor Bout.
4. What Was Her Decision after the Imprisonment?
However, Brittney Griner decided that she wouldn’t be playing basketball games overseas unless it was to symbolize her country in the Olympics.
5. Why Did Brittney Stand Up for the National Anthem in the Previous Day’s Game?
In the WNBA, a lot of players stopped standing up for the National Anthem, and this has been occurring in recent years at the Women’s National Basketball Association games.
However, Brittney also stopped standing up for the National Anthem, but after returning from imprisonment, she stood up this year for the National Anthem.
Moreover, Brittney said that she learned how important the moment of standing up to the anthem was.
Brittney: “ Listening to the National Anthem, it hit differently, and standing here today means a lot.”
6. What Is Brittney Working on after Returning from Detention?
However, in April, she proclaimed that she has been working with Bring Our Families Home, a crusade formed by the family members of American captives and wrongful detainees carried overseas; however, during the first conference press meeting, she got emotional when a question was raised about Russian Detention.
Also, Brittney thanked all those who have supported her and welcomed her back and started to thank her team, Mercury, and her teammates
Brittney said, “I’m not a stranger to hard times,” and then broke into tears.
Moreover, she thanked President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamal Harris, the media for covering her, and all the people who have supported her to be back home.
“ You cannot control injuries, but you can control how hard you work to come back.” – Brittney Griner.