As the world continues to react to Brittney Griner being released from Russian custody, Stephen Curry raised some eyebrows when he mentioned a controversial remark on the situation.
On the same night he was honored as Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry used his platform to pay tribute to Brittney Griner as she makes her way back to the United States.
Curry opened his speech at the ceremony with thoughts on Griner:
“Before we get the festivities started, I thought it was especially important to acknowledge a very special celebration and a very great outcome for Brittney Griner today,” Curry said. “We are glad that she’s home. We are glad that she’s reunited with her family. It is a constant reminder of everybody continuing to use their platforms to speak on issues that are meaningful and can move the needle. Thank you to President Biden and his administration for being a part of the fight.”
Curry continued, saying, “But it’s also a reminder that we all need to stay engaged in the fight to protect American citizens at home and abroad who are wrongfully detained… BG, we love you, we thank you for your sacrifice and your continued perseverance and patience to get through this process, and I hope you enjoy reuniting with your family.”
Griner was arrested in Russia on a drug charge in February. She was sentenced to nine years in prison in August after pleading guilty. President Joe Biden announced on Thursday morning Griner was on her way back to the United States after Russia agreed to a prisoner swap.
Griner and Bout were formally exchanged on a tarmac in the United Arab Emirates and boarded planes to return to their homes.
The 2023 WNBA season is months away and Griner is fully expected to join her Phoenix Mercury team and continue her career. What she does in the offseason remains to be seen.
The Golden State Warriors may have begun the 2022-23 season looking nothing like the championship team we remember from last season. The team is currently 13-13 and in tenth place in the Western Conference. At home, the team has eleven of those wins while they simply cannot string many road together as they sit with a 2-11 record.
Through 23 games played, Curry is averaging 30.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 7.0 assists on a true shooting percentage reminiscent of his unanimous MVP 2015-16 season.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.