Brittney Griner: Detained star at the forefront of the WNBA All-Star Game

Griner was named an All-Star this year and every effort was made to awareness spread her situation.

It comes after the two-time US Olympic basketball champion pleaded guilty to drug possession in a Russian court outside Moscow on Thursday, but the US State Department said she was wrongfully detained.

She now faces up to 10 years in prison on the charges.

Prior to the game, Griner’s name was announced along with her likeness and her initials were displayed on the court.

Players also appeared in the second half wearing jerseys with Griner’s name and number on the back as Wilson’s team defeated Stewart’s team 134–112.

“Honestly, we are the most united league in the world and wearing shirts was a statement to show that we are BG. [Brittney Griner]”, A’jah Wilson told reporters after the match.

“She is our sister and at the end of the day we are going to do our best to strengthen the platform we have to make sure everyone is doing what they need to do to make sure she gets home safely.

“It’s hard. It’s hard for all of us. It’s not easy. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about Britney Griner.

“So wearing her jersey and letting the world know we’re not whole without her, I think that’s a statement in itself.”

In the second half, the players wore Griner jerseys.

Before the game even started, league commissioner Cathy Engelbert opened her press conference by mentioning that bringing Griner home remains a league priority.

“I really want to start and just repeat what we think of Britney Griner right now,” she said.

“She remains a huge priority for us, continues to enjoy our full support, fully focused on getting her home safely and as soon as possible.”

Griner’s wife, Cherell, attended the All-Star Game and said that “it will always be difficult to be around basketball without my wife present.”

“I’m using these moments just as a thank you for her legacy and influence, you know, even in her absence you can’t tell Britney Greener,” Cherell told ESPN.

“So I’m just so thankful that everyone in this arena actually still remembers my wife, even if she’s not here.”

Griner's initials and jersey number were written courtside at the WNBA All-Star Game.

Britney, in a handwritten letter to President Joe Biden, said she feared she would be held in Russia indefinitely and begged the president not to forget her and other American detainees.

“What I do know is that President Biden and his administration took the time to write a response to BG, and she is so grateful for that,” Cherell added when asked about the letter.

“I truly believe that the next step on this journey will be to support our administration to make sure they have our backing to do whatever it takes to bring her home.”