Brittney Griner and Gilbert Arenas
Gilbert Arenas adds a unheard take to Brittney Griner’s arrest story.
Like the NBA, the WNBA is also considered one of the most significant leagues in the world. One factor here which comes into play is the pay gap. The WNBA players are paid significantly less compared to the NBA players. Due to this, women athletes choose to play overseas tournaments in the off-season. One of the big names to play overseas is of Brittney Griner. She has been playing basketball for foreign teams for quite some time now. Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas had made some comments on her arrest.
Brittney plays for the UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia. She has been a part of the team for seven seasons. However, she landed in trouble as she was gearing up to play for the same franchise. Sometime back this year, Brittney was detained at an airport in Russia for carrying illegal cannabis oil cartridges into Russia. Since her initial detention, the Phoenix Mercury center even went through a lengthy trial. And the shocking outcome was that the eight-time All-star NBA player was sentenced to nine years in prison in Russia.
Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas feels that there might be another reason for Brittney’s arrest. He didn’t mention what those might be but he believes so. He quotes, “Rumor is this ain’t her first time being arrested in Russia. Let’s say she is the queen of Russia. So, whatever she wants, she gets”. Agent Zero dove further and said, “Vape pens and stuff like that, you are carrying that with you from country to country, state to state, city to city. So for them to actually bust you, they already knew you had it on you. So it was more of a trap if we can get these two players and I’m one of those people that’s like, ‘I don’t believe you.”
Who is Brittney Griner?
Brittney Yevette Griner is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA league. Currently, she is serving in prison in Russia. She is the only NCAA player to score 2,000 points and block 500 shots. She plays for UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia. Brittney got much stardom in Russia and earned much more than her salary in the WNBA. She was also on the USA basketball team, which won the gold medal in Rio Olympics in 2016. Even though being such a decorated athlete it’s not yet possible to claim or even predict her return back to American Soil. The United States of America and Russia are negotiating a prisoner swap deal right now but there haven’t been any great updates on it since the sentence was announced and Russia has also made some unreal demands in that deal. But still the Biden Administration is making the best efforts possible to get her back.
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Published: September 01, 2022
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