Back in September, former Baylor players who played under Kim Mulkey spoke out against the LSU coach after she opted not to answer a question regarding Brittney Griner, who was imprisoned in Russia. Mulkey, Baylor’s coach from 2001 to 2021, was asked to comment on Griner’s ongoing detainment in Russia during LSU’s media day.
Reporters wanted to know her thoughts on the matter but were met with a swift non-response after it was mentioned they hadn’t seen any past comments. “And you won’t,” Mulkey said before moving on to answer a different question.
Fast forward to this month and Griner has since been traded in one-for-one swap that sent arms dealer Viktor Bout back to Russia. It was a controversial decision but it got her home just in time for Christmas.
Despite her previous silence, her former college basketball coach at Baylor, Kim Mulkey, spoke with ESPN about her return home.
“God is good. Prayers are powerful. Brittney is on her way home where she belongs. Our prayers remain with her and her family as they recover and heal together.”
The WNBA season doesn’t start until May 6th and it is not yet known if Griner will participate after missing the 2022 season. If she does, she has plenty of time to get herself ready and sharpen those skills.
One things for sure, she is definitely going to be a whole lot tougher after dealing with the conditions of a Russian prison.