WNBA Players Union President Says Griner Was Only In Russia Because Of Gender Inequality

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The head of the WNBA players union, Nneka Ogwumike, appeared on GMA this morning to discuss Brittney Griner’s current situation in Russia.

Griner was arrested on Feb. 17 in Russia. Officers with the Russian Federal Customs Service reportedly found vape cartridges containing hash oil in Griner’s luggage.

“It’s tough … That could have been us,” Ogwumike said. “We’re really most concerned about her health and safety, especially her mental health. We’re hearing that in that respect, she’s okay, but we want her home.”

Griner is a member of the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA and plays in Russia in the offseason. She won gold medals with the U.S. women’s national basketball team in the 2016 and 2020 Olympics.

“It’s disappointing that the question of it being a gender issue is top of mind now, when it comes to this type of circumstance,,” Ogwumike stated. She  says that the reality of the situation was that Griner was over there because of a gender issue — pay inequity.” 

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