Brittney Griner situation deters WNBA players from Russia, citing safety

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Brittney Griner’s arrest and detention earlier this year have made WNBA players steer clear of Russia.

WNBA stars have gone over to Russia to play for teams owned by oligarchs for higher salaries. But the Griner situation will keep players away from the country as the WNBA heads for its own offseason. Breanna Stewart, Jonquel Jones and Courtney Vandersloot are going somewhere else this winter.

"Honestly my time in Russia has been wonderful, but especially with BG still wrongfully detained there, nobody’s going to go there until she’s home," Stewart said. "I think that, you know, now, people want to go overseas and if the money is not much different, they want to be in a better place."

Stewart will go to Turkey to play for Fenerbahçe while Vandersloot will play in Hungary.

"I am Hungarian. I thought it would be special since I haven't played there since I got the citizenship," she said, adding there would have to be a lot of changes before she considered playing in Russia again.... (Read more)