Brittney Griner Lost Long Before Her Conviction

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Sports Illustrated

By Michael Rosenberg Regardless of how the U.S. standoff with Russia ends, the WNBA superstar will keep paying the price. Last fall, as she played in her second WNBA Finals, Brittney Griner did what she does so easily, which is shift the topic away from her sport. “I’m not your typical basketball player,” she said, not defensively or defiantly, but just because she knows it’s true. So during a week when her Mercury battled the Sky for the championship, Griner was sharing her plans for when she stops playing basketball. “I want to go to Sturgis,” she said. “I love motorcycles, so I want to ride…

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