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WNBA All-Stars showed their support for Brittney Griner on Sunday as they all wore the Phoenix Mercury center’s jersey number during the second half of the game.

A’ja Wilson’s team would defeat Breanna Stewart’s team for All-Star supremacy 132-112. After the game, players made clear their focus was on Griner.

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An All Star jersey dedicated to Brittney Griner, #42 of the Phoenix Mercury, is displayed in the locker room during the 2022 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game on July 10, 2022 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois.

An All Star jersey dedicated to Brittney Griner, #42 of the Phoenix Mercury, is displayed in the locker room during the 2022 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game on July 10, 2022 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois.
(Kena Krutsinger/NBAE via Getty Images)

“BG’s one of us. She’s our sister,” said Wilson, who plays for the Las Vegas Aces. “And at the end of the day, we’re going to do whatever we can to amplify the platform that we have to make sure that everyone is doing what they need to do to make sure that she gets home safely.”

Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird added: “We just wanted to make sure at some point that we were able to, on national television, obviously in front of a (big) crowd, put Brittney’s name in the forefront. That was our way of honoring her.”

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Griner has been held in Russia since February. She was arrested for allegedly bringing vape cartridges through a Moscow airport that contained oils derived from cannabis.

A decal in honor of Brittney Griner, #42 of the Phoenix Mercury, is displayed on the side of the court during the 2022 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game on July 10, 2022 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois.

A decal in honor of Brittney Griner, #42 of the Phoenix Mercury, is displayed on the side of the court during the 2022 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game on July 10, 2022 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois.
(Kena Krutsinger/NBAE via Getty Images)

Griner pleaded guilty to the drug charge in an attempt to carve out a lenient sentence.

“Obviously we are thinking of Brittney Griner at this time,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in Chicago. “She remains a huge priority for us, continues to have our full support, fully focused on getting her home safely and as soon as possible of course.”

Griner faces up to 10 years in prison.

Team Wilson's Kelsey Plum, right, drives to the basket past Team Stewart's Jewell Loyd during the second half of a WNBA All-Star basketball game in Chicago, Sunday, July 10, 2022.

Team Wilson’s Kelsey Plum, right, drives to the basket past Team Stewart’s Jewell Loyd during the second half of a WNBA All-Star basketball game in Chicago, Sunday, July 10, 2022.
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Aces guard Kelsey Plum was named All-Star Game MVP. She scored 30 points in his All-Star Game debut. New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu added 19 points, six rebounds and six assists.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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