Brittney Griner makes her second public appearance since being released from Russian prison


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — WNBA star Brittney Griner attended the WM Phoenix Open golf tournament on Saturday in her second public appearance since she was released from a Russian prison.

Griner was part of a crowd of some 200,000 fans at the tournament, watching the action from the stadium’s 16th hole.

Brittney Griner greets fans as she looks on the 16th hole during the third round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament on February 11, 2023 in Scottsdale, Arizona.Darryl Webb/AP

Last month, in his first appearance, Griner was at the Martin Luther King Jr. march in downtown Phoenix.

Griner skips USA Basketball training camp in Minnesota so he can be with his wife and recover from his jail time in Russia. She was traded in a dramatic prisoner exchange in December.

Griner has said she will play for the Phoenix Mercury again this season, though she is still an unsigned free agent. She has not spoken about her international future and her possible participation in next year’s Olympic Games in Paris.

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