Players pay tribute to Griner at WNBA All-Star Game

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jul 11 2022 09:48 AM

An All Star jersey dedicated to Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury is displayed in the locker room during the 2022 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game on July 10, 2022 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Kena Krutsinger, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP
An All Star jersey dedicated to Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury is displayed in the locker room during the 2022 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game on July 10, 2022 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Kena Krutsinger, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

CHICAGO -- Brittney Griner remains under arrest in Russia on drug charges but her spirit was felt in multiple tributes to the 31-year-old American center at Sunday's WNBA All-Star Game.

Griner, a two-time WNBA scoring champion and eight-time All-Star, was named an honorary starter for the contest and her initials and jersey number, 42, were on the court.

Griner has been detained in Russia since February on drug possession charges. She pleaded guilty on Thursday and faces up to 10 years in prison.

"We're thinking of Brittney Griner at this time," WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said. 

"She remains a huge priority for us, continues to have our full support. Fully focused on getting her home safely and as soon as possible."

At halftime, players changed into black and orange jerseys that all had Griner's name on the back and her number on the front and back.

"She's always with us and our thoughts are with her this weekend," Engelbert said.

In the contest, Team A'ja Wilson defeated Team Breanna Stewart 134-112.

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