I don’t know why but I was pleased to read this. Maybe it’s like a Rocky 4 thing.
WNBA star Brittney Griner stood for the national anthem Friday before her team’s game against the Los Angeles Sparks.
The action marked the first time in years Griner has stood for the anthem. It followed her rescue by the US government in a prisoner exchange after she was convicted by a Russian court of drug possession, sentenced to ten years of hard labor, and incarcerated in that country.
“You have the right to protest, the right to able to speak out, question, challenge and do all these things,” Griner said after the game. “What I went through and everything, it just means a little bit more to me now. So I want to be able to stand. I was literally in a cage and could not stand the way I wanted to.
“Just being able to hear my national anthem, see my flag, I definitely want to stand. Now everybody that will not stand or not come out, I totally support them 100%. That’s our right, as an American in this great country,” she said.
Griner said her ordeal in Russian prison has instilled a new sense of gratitude.
“I appreciate everything a little bit more, all of the small moments, like, ‘Oh, I’m so tired I don’t want to go to practice today,’ that has changed, honestly,” she added. “Tomorrow is not guaranteed, you don’t know what it’s going to look like. I feel a lot older somehow, too.”
Griner was once a staunch supporter of national anthem protests, and said players should not stand and the song shouldn’t be played before games.
Good for her. I’m actually glad. I am. Reality changed her opinion. There is hope. Should it have taken all that to change her mind? No. But it did. Good for her. People changing their mind is good for the country.
May 22, 2023 at 8:55 am
Griner is a dude. Look at her shoulders/hips/adams apple. Google search photos.
Refer to Griner as him.
May 22, 2023 at 10:41 am
I am happy and deeply touched to read this.
Who are we to say that anyone will never change, and that they are worthless because of what they say?
God always brings something good and beautiful out of every experience – even if that experience seems painful and cruel at the time.
We all have room for improvement, and God isn’t finished with any of us, including Ms. Griner. I congratulate her for having the strength of character and courage to admit she was wrong, and to publicly make this statement, which could not have been easy. Good for her!
May 22, 2023 at 5:06 pm
She’s still a lesbo.