Shaquille O’Neal Gets Honest About the “Sad Situation” of Brittney Griner in Russia

Published 08/07/2022, 5:30 PM EDT

WNBA star Brittney Griner is all over the news for all the unfortunate reasons. She has been playing the WNBA off-season in Russia for quite some time now and earlier this year, she was arrested there.

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The officials found traces of illegal drugs in her luggage starting a long legal saga. Eminent stars from across the basketball world and beyond have given their opinions regarding the same.

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Former NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal recently broke his silence on the matter. Talking on ‘The Big Podcast with Shaq’, the 4-time NBA champion, stressed on the bad timing of her case.

Moreover, according to him, there is a lot of politics involved which has caused the situation to get messy. Needless to say, in signature Shaq style, he did not mince any words. Shaq said, “I think it’s a sad situation. I believe there is a lot of politics involved, and also, bad timing.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 09: Shaquille O’Neal attends the WBC heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder at T-Mobile Arena on October 09, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The former Los Angeles Lakers legend is just one of the many NBA stars who have talked about Griner. 2022 NBA champion Stephen Curry, 4-time NBA champion LeBron James, and other stars have also spoken out.

Furthermore, the NBA and the WNBA have also released statements condemning Griner’s grim situation. Considering her popularity and her exploits in the WNBA, this reaction was expected.

Brittney Griner- an undisputed WNBA star

Brittney Griner was a star even before making her big debut in the league. Standing at an impressive 6-foot-8 inches height, she used her physicality well.

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The Phoenix Mercury drafted Griner as the 1st overall pick during the 2013 draft. She wasted no time as she set the league running and ended her rookie season, averaging 12.6 points, 1.0 assists, and 6.3 rebounds. This earned her an All-Star selection.

In her 9 seasons in the league, Brittney Griner has been named an All-Star 7 times. She has a career average of 17.7 points, 1.8 assists, and 7.6 rebounds, which truly make her one of the biggest stars in the league. (Source: basketballreference.com)

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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