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WNBA Players Make Decision On Russia Following Brittney Griner Arrest

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 10: Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury looks on during the game against the Chicago Sky during Game One of the 2021 WNBA Finals on October 10, 2021 at Footprint in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images)

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 10: Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury looks on during the game against the Chicago Sky during Game One of the 2021 WNBA Finals on October 10, 2021 at Footprint in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images)

WNBA superstar Brittney Griner remains in Russian custody after she was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Griner had hash oil in her luggage while traveling through a Russian airport. She was doing so in order to play in a Russian professional basketball league to make extra money.

With current WNBA players well aware of the Griner situation, it was fair to wonder if they'd continue to travel overseas to play in other leagues. Well, according to a report from the New York Times, that answer is "yes."

However, it's unclear if any plan to play in Russia.

Here's more via the NYT:

"Playing overseas remains extremely popular for W.N.B.A. players seeking to earn more money or gain more pro experience, but several agents and players told The New York Times that, because of Griner’s ordeal and the war, they did not know of anyone who would be playing in Russia this off-season. The W.N.B.A. said it did not have a complete list of players going abroad because its playoffs are underway."

It's difficult to see any WNBA player choosing to support a Russian professional league given everything that's happened to Griner.