SAN FRANCISCO — Sports personalities in the United States continue to publicize Brittney Griner, the WNBA star detained in Russia for more than 100 days. While the US government has classified her as a wrongful detention, Griner continues to be in Russia where contact has been limited.
As the days piled up, more and more basketball and sports stars came out to support Griner. Add the Celtics to this growing list. Several Celtics players wore black and orange “We Are BG” shirts ahead of their practice at Chase Center on Saturday. The C’s beat the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, but they also wanted to get Griner known.
“The shirts were super important because they didn’t just show our support for our sister who is wrongfully detained in Russia, Brittney Griner,” Celtics big man Grant Williams said. “We just wanted to show that solidarity and that love that we not only have in the NBA, but also in the WNBA. She’s been an essential part of the WNBA over the years, in college and in the impact that we have. she had on young female athletes.
Griner was arrested upon arriving in Moscow on Feb. 17 as she prepared to play in the country during the WNBA offseason. But she was arrested after she allegedly had cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage. She has been in Russia since many are looking to bring the basketball star back to the United States.
Williams, like others in the sports world, said they want Griner to come back to the United States to reunite with her family, but also “to do what she loves – and that’s playing basketball and bring that tenacity with which she is always on the pitch.”
Williams wore a Griner shirt in a show of flight support for the team ahead of the final. The rest of the team joined around this time. Williams said he was able to coordinate with the WNBPA and NBPA to have the jerseys shipped overnight to San Francisco for practice on Saturday.
“They’ve done a phenomenal job and want to give credit to them for making this process happen, and we wanted to do that as a team,” Williams said. “It was one of those things where nobody questioned it. Everyone said, ‘Let’s do it.’ Put the shirt on immediately when we got it. We wanted to show that love and support.