May 19, 2024

Brittney Griner not with Mercury to focus on mental health

Phoenix Mercury All-Star Brittney Griner will be away from her team for at least two games “to focus on her mental health,” the WNBA team announced on Saturday.

Griner will not travel with the Mercury to Chicago and Indiana for upcoming road games against the Sky and Fever on Sunday and Tuesday, respectively. The Mercury return home to Phoenix to face the Atlanta Dream on Thursday, but it’s not clear when Griner will return to the lineup.

“The Mercury fully support Brittney and we will continue to work together on a timeline for her return,” the team said in a statement Saturday.

Griner is averaging 18.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in her first season back with the Mercury since missing the entire 2022 WNBA season while wrongfully detained in Russia for nearly 10 months. Ahead of the season, Griner spoke about how the international ordeal affected her mental state.

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