November 26, 2022

WNBA Players Are Opting Out Of Playing In Russia During The Off-Season Until Brittney Griner Is Released

WBNA gamers are refusing to play in Russia through the offseason till Brittney Griner is launched.

Breanna Stewart, Courtney Vandersloot, and Jonquel Jones, who all performed for Russia’s UMMC Ekaterinburg staff, have determined to not play for the nation. Regardless of probably incomes hundreds of thousands, the ladies selected to choose out till Griner is freed.

“Honestly, my time in Russia has been wonderful,” Stewart says. “But especially with BG still wrongfully detained there, nobody’s going to go there until she’s home.”

She continued, “I think that, you know, now, people want to go overseas, and if the money is not much different, they want to be in a better place.”

Griner’s detainment shined a light-weight on the low salaries WNBA gamers obtain in America in comparison with different nations. The Phoenix Mercury participant was anticipated to earn $227,900 this 12 months and rack up $1 million per season with Ekaterinburg.

Stewart and Jones are set to play in Turkey, whereas Vandersloot determined to play in Hungary for the offseason.

“The whole situation with BG makes it really hard to think that it’s safe for anyone to go back there right now,” Vandersloot says.

In February, Griner was detained at a Moscow airport after authorities discovered vapes with hashish oil in her baggage. Sadly, the two-time Olympic medalist’s arrest got here within the thick of Russia’s conflict with Ukraine.

Griner has since pleaded responsible to drug smuggling expenses and was sentenced to 9 years behind bars.