With WNBA star Brittney Griner being sentenced to nine years in Russian prison for possession of hashish oil cartridges in a Russian Airport, the entire basketball community has been vocal about reacting to the news and offering their support to BG.

Brittney Griner has been sentenced to 9 years by a Russian court, per @TJQuinnESPN.

We love you BG, and we are with you. pic.twitter.com/QBa0AvfkzW

— WSLAM (@wslam) August 4, 2022

On Thursday, Phoenix Mercury teammate Skylar Diggins-Smith gave an emotional response when she was asked about the WNBA proceeding to play following the news.

“Nobody wanted to even play today,” Diggins-Smith told reporters. “How are you supposed to approach the game with a clear mind when the whole group is crying before the game?

From Griner’s agent and both WNBA teammates and competitors, as well as players across the NBA, many have continued to shared their thoughts and sentiments via social media.

Skylar Diggins-Smith:

Please listen to @SkyDigg4’s words. pic.twitter.com/ahDNMKrcSf

— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) August 5, 2022

Lindsay Kagawa Colas:

Today’s sentencing of Brittney Griner was severe by Russian legal standards and goes to prove what we have known all along, that Brittney is being used as a political pawn. We appreciate and continue to support the efforts of @POTUS and @SecBlinken to get a deal done swiftly[1/3]

— Lindsay Kagawa Colas (she/her) (@kagawacolas) August 4, 2022

Phoenix Mercury:

42 shots in 42 seconds for #𝟒𝟐. pic.twitter.com/3Ggw3MhjEw

— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) August 5, 2022

Connecticut Sun:

Two teams, one mission: Bring her home #FreeBG|@PhoenixMercury pic.twitter.com/JbULLNahYa

— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 5, 2022

Stefanie Dolson:

Omg This can’t be real! We love you BG!

— stefanie dolson (@bigmamastef) August 4, 2022

Breanna Stewart:

It has been 168 days since our friend, Brittney Griner, has been wrongfully detained in Russia. It is time for her to come home. @WhiteHouse @potus @vp , we are paying attention and we are counting on you. #WeAreBG we love you BG

— Breanna Stewart (@breannastewart) August 4, 2022

Elena Delle Donne:

. @POTUS + @VP Not another day. Not another minute. BRING BG HOME. #WeAreBG

— Elena Delle Donne (@De11eDonne) June 23, 2022

Jaren Jackson Jr:


— JJJ (@jarenjacksonjr) August 4, 2022

Diamond DeShields:

Seeing BG behind these bars is breaking my heart. Praying hard for her today

— Diamond DeShields (@diamonddoesit1) August 4, 2022

Amanda Zahui B:

guys, please please pray for BG and her whole family.

— Amanda Zahui B. (@AmandaZahuiB) August 4, 2022

Arike Ogunbowale:

Can’t just play with people’s lives like that. Sickening. Lord, cover Brittney & her family. FREE BG

— Arike Ogunbowale (@Arike_O) August 4, 2022

Kia Nurse:

We love you and miss you BG #FreeBG

— Kia Nurse (@KayNurse11) August 4, 2022

Tyasha Harris:

This is so sad , prayer over BG and her family !

— Tyasha Harris (@TyHarris_52) August 4, 2022

Dawn Staley:

#FreeBrittneyGriner we will not stop advocating for you release. Hold on to God unchanging hand. We love you, BG!

— dawnstaley (@dawnstaley) August 4, 2022


Free BG

— Asia Durr (@A_Hooper25) August 4, 2022

Layshia Clarendon:

Thinking of you BG, today, more than ever

— Layshia Clarendon (@Layshiac) August 4, 2022


Statement from the WNBPA regarding our member, Brittney Griner. #WeAreBG pic.twitter.com/VLSWV01Ckl

— WNBPA (@TheWNBPA) August 4, 2022

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