Brittney Griner, lower than 6 weeks after she was sprung from a Russian penal colony, shocked a bunch of individuals gathered for an MLK day march in Phoenix … on what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 94th birthday.
The Phoenix Mercury famous person hit up the occasion along with her spouse, Cherelle … and took pics with followers, who have been visibly elated to see the hooper.
Of course, states rejoice MLK Jr. Day on the third Monday in January … a day to recollect probably the most influential civil rights leaders within the historical past of the world.
FYI, Arizona was the final state to acknowledge MLK Jr. Day (1992) after President Ronald Reagan signed a legislation making it a federal vacation in 1983 (although it was first noticed in 1986.)
Brittney, in fact, has a particular relationship with Arizona … she’s performed her total WNBA profession with the Mercury after dominating in school at Baylor.
Griner missed the 2021-22 WNBA season … after she was arrested for carrying marijuana vape cartridges (cannabis oil) by way of an airport in Russia in February.
After 10+ grueling months in a Russian penal colony, Brittney was launched in a prisoner change for infamous Russian arms seller Viktor Bout.
The 6’9″ hooper returned to the United States sporting a distinct look — pressured to reduce her dreads due to the brutally chilly temperatures in Russia — and has maintained a low profile since her launch.
Griner’s case raised questions on inequality and injustice — one thing Dr. King fought towards whereas alive — so seeing her pay homage to him on MLK day is a full-circle second.