Brittney Griner may have to fly private. No charters in the WNBA. Next?

Written by: Vasantha


A controversy over charter flights has erupted in the WNBA, but not for the reasons one might expect.

The travel of Brittney Griner has been raised following her release from Russia, where she spent nearly 10 months in detention after being convicted of carrying hash oil.

Reports suggest Griner will need to fly privately due to security concerns, which could cause issues across the league. Could the 6-foot-9 center leave the Phoenix Mercury on her own?

Phoenix would gain a clear competitive edge if the Mercury charter as a team? For the sake of fairness, can all WNBA teams charter?

It’s a complicated issue. A seven-year veteran, Breanna Stewart, who is reportedly considering staying in Seattle or joining the New York Liberty this offseason, tweeted on Sunday afternoon,

 “I'd love to help subsidize charter travel for the entire WNBA. I would contribute my NIL, posts, and production hours to ensure we prioritize player health + safety. With me? ”

Many WNBA players responded with the emoji of a woman raising her hand to suggest they would chip in, too. 'I'm in!' said Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne. “Anything.” Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant said, "Count me in."



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