Brittney Griner Apr 27, 2023; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner speaks to the media during a press conference at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a long time coming but Brittney Griner is finally where she is supposed to be — back on the basketball court. It’s been 585 days since the star played a home game, and Sunday provided one heck of a moment.

In front of what appeared to be a sell-out crowd, the Phoenix Mercury star was greeted by fans with thunderous applause and a standing ovation as she was introduced to the crowd with P. Diddy’s “I’m Coming Home” playing in the background.

As many know, Griner was held in a Russian prison before being released several months ago. One can not imagine what she must have felt coming out of that tunnel for the first time this season.

Many thought that Griner would have to fulfill her whole nine-year sentence handed down by the Russians but the Biden Administration negotiated a deal that would allow her to come home.

While the home crowd seemed to be thrilled to see Griner back home in a Mercury uniform, there still seems to be some bitterness across social media regarding Griner’s release and being back in the United States while other American prisoners are still being held captive.

And then there are those who are glad to see Griner able to regain her life.

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About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.