Mercury post first video of Brittney Griner in uniform after re-signing WNBA star
Brittney Griner is back in a Phoenix Mercury uniform over two months after returning from incarceration in Russia.
Griner officially re-signed with the only WNBA team she’s ever known this week, reportedly on a one-year deal with Phoenix worth $165,100.
On Friday, the franchise posted a video of Griner in a Mercury uniform for the first time since her signing.
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Griner, who spent 10 months in Russian custody after authorities allegedly discovered that she had vape canisters with cannabis oil in her luggage, will return for her 10th WNBA season.
The WNBA champion was arrested in February 2022 at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport and was later classified as “wrongfully detained” by the U.S. State Department.
After months of strained negotiations, Griner was released from a Russian penal colony in early December in a prisoner exchange for convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.
On Thursday, Griner participated in a workout at the team facility when Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton emerged to watch.
“It’s unreal,” Ayton said, according to the Arizona Republic. “Just watching her and seeing the reactions on her face. Her just being back and trying to get back in shape and just loving the game she loves to do. You can tell her mind is free.”
Griner was drafted by Phoenix with the top pick of the 2013 draft, helping the Mercury win the WNBA championship in 2014.
Phoenix opens the 2023 season on May 19th against the Los Angeles Sparks.
Fox News' Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.