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Phoenix Mercury center does not believe the national anthem should be played before WNBA games and will not be on the floor if it is.
Griner made her comments during a teleconference Monday, two days after the Mercury’s opening game at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Players were not on the floor for the anthem during that game, honoring the late Breonna Taylor, other victims of police brutality and Black Lives Matter.
“I honestly feel we should not play the national anthem during our season,” said Griner, one of the top players in the WNBA and second in 2019 most valuable player voting. “I think we should take that much of a stand.