Brittney Griner returned to basketball after nearly 10 months of detainment in Russia on drug-related charges. The WNBA star helped her team, the Phoenix Mercury, win against the Los Angeles Sparks in a preseason game.
Griner finished with 10 points and three rebounds and received a loud ovation from the crowd when she was introduced before tipoff. Her return to the court has reignited hopes for the Mercury’s success in the WNBA Finals.
Off the court, Griner has used her platform to advocate for other Americans detained abroad, including working with the Bring Our Families Home campaign.