Celtics Stars Show Support for Jailed Brittney Griner

Jayson Tatum (left) and Grant Williams (to his right) of the Celtics


Jayson Tatum (left) and Grant Williams (to his right) of the Celtics

Back in early June, when efforts to push for the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner from a Russian prison were picking up across the basketball landscape, the Celtics went to the podium during an NBA Finals media day wearing “We are BG” T-shirts, showing their support for their fellow pro hooper.

Two months later, the unthinkable happened: Griner was sentenced this week by a Russian court to nine years in prison for attempting to bring cannabis oil into the country after landing at the Moscow airport. The decision sparked outrage all over the country.

Celtics forward Grant Williams was among those shocked by the ruling.

“No way!” Williams tweeted. “9 years? Bring our sister and friend home.”

Celtics star Jayson Tatum, responding to the news, tweeted out three pairs of praying hands.

Former Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins also commented, tweeting, “Jesus Christ! This ain’t right man… bring BG home.”

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Griner’s case has become a significant topic around the basketball world, for a number of reasons. There has been speculation that the fact that Griner is a woman has lessened the drive of the U.S. government to ensure her return, though there has been pushback on that viewpoint.

Still, her coach, Vanessa Nygaard of the Phoenix Mercury, sounded off on the situation last month.