Brittney Griner will participate in the WNBA All-Star Game after Commissioner Cathy Engelbert announced on Wednesday that she would be given an honorary starting position for the game.
Griner has been jailed in Russia since the 17th of February, when police at an airport outside of Moscow found vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her backpack and told her she was under investigation for possessing them.
“During each season of Brittney’s career in which there has been an All-Star Game, she has been picked as an All-Star,” said Engelbert. “She has never been left out of the All-Star Game.” “It’s not hard to assume that if BG were here with us this season, she would be cast once again, and it would undoubtedly be a chance for her to demonstrate her tremendous abilities. If she were, it would be this season. Therefore, it is only appropriate that she be proclaimed an honorary incumbent today, and we will continue to work on ensuring that her return to the United States is carried out in a secure manner.
In May, the State Department determined that Griner had been illegally arrested and put her case under the supervision of its special presidential envoy for hostage problems. This individual is basically the most senior government negotiator when it comes to hostage situations.
Griner’s incarceration has been prolonged until at least July 2, according to a story that was published by the Russian official news outlet Tass last week. Another citizen of the United States, Paul Whelan, has been detained in Russia since December 2018 on allegations of espionage that both Whelan and the United States government assert are untrue.
As a result of receiving the highest number of votes from attendees, Breanna Stewart and A’ja Wilson will be leading the competition as joint captains. They will be joined by Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles, both of whom have already stated their intention to retire at the conclusion of the current season. With his 13th participation in the All-Star game, Bird will establish a new record. Fowles, who is now out with an injury, was chosen to play in her eighth game.
Both Stewart and Fowles, as well as Wilson and Bird, will choose their own teams while serving as co-captains together.
Candace Parker of Chicago, Nneka Ogwumike of Los Angeles, and Jonquel Jones of Connecticut are the other three players on the front line. They are following Wilson, Stewart, and Fowles. In addition to Bird, the starting shooting guard positions are filled by Sabrina Ionescu of New York as well as Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young, both of whom play for Las Vegas.
“It’s incredible that legends like Sylvia and Sue are picked to start in the AT&T WNBA All-Star Game in their 15th and 19th seasons, respectively,” said Engelbert. “This is a testament to their longevity and greatness.” “And when you see the starting lineups peppered with All-Stars for the first time like Sabrina Ionescu, Kelsey Plum, and Jackie Young, it seems only right that Sylvia and Sue, who have said that this will be their last season, join A’ja. and Breanna as co-captains of an All-Star event that will go some way toward symbolising the passing of the torch to a new generation of WNBA stars,” according to the article. “And
The starting lineup was determined by tallying the votes of the players, the fans, and the media.
On July 2, the league coaches will have a vote to choose the 12 reserves, and the co-captains will compile their rosters. The game will be held in Chicago on July 10, with a 3-point shooting competition and a skills competition taking place the day before.