Brittney and Cherelle Griner

A troublemaker harassed Brittney Griner at a Dallas-area airport Saturday, resulting in an uncomfortable situation for Griner and her teammates.

While many players and basketball fans wondered why Griner did not have security in place, as the league had promised, the WNBA released a statement Saturday afternoon on the issue.

“As we gather additional information about today’s incident at the Dallas Airport, it has come to our attention that this was organized by a social media figure and provocateur,” the statement read (via ESPN’s Alexa Philippou). “His actions were inappropriate and unfortunate.

“The safety of Brittney Griner and all WNBA players is our top priority. Prior to the season, the WNBA worked together with the Phoenix Mercury and BG’s team to ensure her safety during her travel, which included charter flights for WNBA games and assigned security personnel with her at all times. We remain steadfastly committed to the highest standards of security for players.”

The harassment involved a controversial social media figure following Griner in the airport, making remarks and misgendering her. Brianna Turner, one of Griner’s teammates, said the team huddled in a corner, unsure how to respond to the situation.

“Player safety while traveling should be at the forefront,” Turner said in a tweet. “People following with cameras saying wild remarks is never acceptable. Excessive harassment. Our team nervously huddled in a corner unsure how to move about. We demand better.”

The WNBA Players Association also issued a statement on the issue, noting that the incident points out the need for players to travel by charter. “Every commercial flight forced upon our players is a threat to their health and safety,” the statement noted.

Many fans on Twitter reacted to the news with a critical question: “Where was the security?”

[Alexa Philippou, ESPN]

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