Brittney Griner Aug 4, 2021; Saitama, Japan; USA player Brittney Griner (15) drives to the basket while being defended by Australia player Ezi Magbegor (13) during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Saitama Super Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

After Brittney Griner’s appeal of her nine-year prison sentence was denied last month after she was convicted on drug charges after mistakenly bringing prescription hashish oil into Russia, the WNBA superstar is now headed to a Russian penal colony where she will likely face harsh treatment and conditions.

With this latest massive and scary update in the Brittney Griner saga, the WNBA Player’s Association released a statement expressing their continued support of the wrongfully-imprisoned star, and are urging other Americans to be even more vigilant in doing the same.

“We stand with Brittney Griner and will continue to call on all Americans and the global sports community to do the same with even more vigilance,” the statement said. “We are crushed that this scary, seemingly never-ending nightmare continues. The lack of clarity and transparency in the process compounds the pain.”

It’s a strong statement in support of Griner who is reportedly struggling with her mental health, and the sports world had plenty to say about it on Twitter.

Russia and the United State are engaged in ongoing negotiations as the two countries try to agree upon a potential prisoner swap that could send her back to the USA. While Russia has said that Griner’s release is not seen as a priority by the country, the United States is still persistent in the negotiations.