Brittney Griner is backmost successful a Phoenix Mercury uniform complete 2 months aft returning from incarceration successful Russia.
Griner officially re-signed pinch nan only WNBA squad she’s ever known this week, reportedly connected a one-year woody pinch Phoenix worthy $165,100.
American master hoops subordinate Brittney Griner acknowledges fans arsenic she watches connected nan 16th spread during nan 3rd information of nan Phoenix Open play tournament, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023, successful Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)
On Friday, nan franchise posted a video of Griner successful a Mercury azygous for nan first clip since her signing.
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Griner, who spent 10 months successful Russian custody aft authorities allegedly discovered that she had vape canisters pinch cannabis lipid successful her luggage, will return for her 10th WNBA season.
The WNBA champion was arrested successful February 2022 astatine Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport and was later classified arsenic "wrongfully detained" by nan U.S. State Department.
WNBA prima and two-time Olympic golden medalist Brittney Griner is escorted from a courtroom aft a hearing, successful Khimki conscionable extracurricular Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko.)
After months of strained negotiations, Griner was released from a Russian penal colony successful early December in a captive exchange for convicted Russian arms trader Viktor Bout.
On Thursday, Griner participated successful a workout astatine nan squad installation erstwhile Phoenix Suns halfway Deandre Ayton emerged to watch.
"It’s unreal," Ayton said, according to nan Arizona Republic. "Just watching her and seeing nan reactions connected her face. Her conscionable being backmost and trying to get backmost successful style and conscionable loving nan crippled she loves to do. You tin show her mind is free."
Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner (42) is congratulated connected a play against nan Seattle Storm successful nan first half of nan 2nd information of nan WNBA hoops playoffs Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, successful Everett, Wash. Griner, who was a free agent, re-signed pinch nan Mercury connected a one-year statement according to a personification acquainted pinch nan deal. The personification said to The Associated Press connected information of anonymity connected Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023, because nary announcement has been made. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Griner was drafted by Phoenix pinch nan apical prime of nan 2013 draft, helping nan Mercury triumph nan WNBA title successful 2014.
Phoenix opens nan 2023 play connected May 19th against nan Los Angeles Sparks.
Fox News' Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.
Joe Morgan is simply a Sports Reporter for Fox News.