Lisa Leslie says players were asked not to make ‘speeches’ about Brittney Griner

The women’s basketball world has been instructed not to make a “big fuss” about Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia.

That’s according to WNBA legend Lisa Leslie, who spoke about the predicament on the “I am Athlete” podcast this week.

“What we were told, and again, it’s all kind of passed on by hearsay, but what we were told was not to make a big fuss about it so they can’t use him as a pawn, so to speak, in this situation during the war,” Leslie said.

“So pretend like it’s not that important, or don’t do like ‘Free Brittney’ and we start this campaign, and then it becomes that they could use. That’s what we’ve been told” and I don’t want to say who said that, but that’s what’s going on in the world of women’s basketball.

Russian authorities arrested Griner in February after cannabis vape cartridges were found in his luggage at the airport. Griner played professionally for years during the WNBA offseason.

WNBA player Brittney Griner is ‘holding her ground’ in custody, Russia says.
Russian state television

“Do we know if it’s the right thing to do or not? Leslie asked. “It’s heartbreaking for all of us. It’s the feeling. You want to do more and you think, should we all use our social media platform and buy into it or not? Nobody really [knows]. It’s the first time we’ve been in this situation, and we don’t know what to do.

“I’m speaking with [South Carolina coach and six-time WNBA all-star] Dawn Staley, and the people I’m close to. We talk about it daily. We’re just like ‘Dang what does she do now? Do you think they cut his hair? Does she have a bed long enough to fit in? We’ve had many conversations about it, and I’m like his parents must be sick. What is the right thing to do about it? »

WNBA legend Lisa Leslie spoke about the difficult situation on the "I am an athlete" podcast this week.
WNBA legend Lisa Leslie spoke about the predicament on the “I am Athlete” podcast this week.
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Griner, 31, won the 2014 WNBA championship with the Phoenix Mercury and is a seven-time all-star in the league.

Earlier this week, CNN reported that the US Embassy was able to get in touch with her and that she was in “good condition.”

“We were able to verify her condition, we will continue to work very closely with her legal team, with her broader network, to ensure that she is treated fairly,” the State Department spokesperson told CNN. American, Ned Price.

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