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FILE – Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner sits during the first half of Game 2 of the WNBA Basketball Finals against the Chicago Sky, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Phoenix. Griner is by far the most high-profile American citizen known to be imprisoned by a foreign government. Yet as a crucial hearing nears next month, the case against her remains shrouded in mystery, with little clarity from Russian prosecutors. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
The WNBA will honor Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner with a floor sticker, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press Monday night.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity as it has not been publicly announced.
The All-Star center remains in Russia after being detained after arriving at Moscow airport on February 17. Russian authorities said a search of his luggage revealed vape cartridges that allegedly contained cannabis-derived oil, which could carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. She has a hearing set for May 19.
The sticker will feature Griner’s initials “BG” as well as his number 42. All 12 teams will have the sticker on their home courts beginning the season opener Friday night. The Mercurys open their home season that night against the Las Vegas Aces.
ESPN broke the decal news first.
Commissioner Cathy Engelbert announced during the WNBA draft that there would be a league-wide charitable initiative led by the Mercury to support Griner’s philanthropic project, called BG’s Heart and Sole Shoe Drive.
Griner had one of his best seasons last year — second in league scoring and sixth in rebounds to help the Mercurys reach the WNBA Finals, where they lost to the Chicago Sky.
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