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WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert says Brittney Griner is doing Well

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WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert has met with Brittney Griner for the first time since she has been back in the states. She said Griner is doing well.

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“I met with her in Phoenix,” Engelbert told Poppy Harlow today on CNN This Morning ahead of NBA All-Star Weekend. “Britney is doing remarkably well, and she’s starting to train. We’re so excited to have her back in the league after an awful ordeal.”

“We wanted to give her the holidays to meet with family and friends,” Engelbert said. “Just a remarkable experience. She has a remarkable story about what she went through, but we’re looking forward to having her back in the W.”

Griner was detained on February 17, 2022; she had vape cartridges containing marijuana concentrate. Griner was sentenced to nine years in a Russian Prison in October.

“She is an unrestricted free agent currently,” Engelbert said. “Presumably she’s expressed she wants to play for Phoenix, the Mercury, and we’ll see what happens in the next couple weeks or so.” It is good to hear Engelbert saying Griner wants to be back in Phoenix.

Griner was released from Russian Prison in a one-for-one swap for international arms dealer Viktor Bout in December 2022.

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LaMarr Fields is a WNBA Insider, Sports Insider, and breaking news 

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