On the night he was honored as Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry used his platform to pay tribute to Brittney Griner as she makes her way back to the United States.
Curry opened his speech at the ceremony with thoughts on Griner:
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Stephen Curry (<a href="https://twitter.com/StephenCurry30?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@StephenCurry30</a>) opened his speech at the 2022 SI Sportsperson of the Year Awards by expressing his thoughts on Brittney Griner's return home:<br><br>"We are glad she's home, we're glad she's reunited with her family." <a href="https://t.co/FtAly07gB4">https://t.co/FtAly07gB4</a> <a href="https://t.co/GpgbO785py">pic.twitter.com/GpgbO785py</a>
President Joe Biden announced on Thursday morning Griner was on her way back to the United States after Russia agreed to a prisoner swap
Griner was arrested in Russia on a drug charge in February. She was sentenced to nine years in prison in August after pleading guilty in an attempt to accelerate the process for a potential exchange of prisoners.
Athletes from all sports used their platform to speak out for Griner to keep her name at the front of people's minds and potentially help speed the process of getting her home.
After Biden's announcement that Griner was on her way back to the U.S., there was an outpouring of support for the Phoenix Mercury star from her fellow WNBA players:
A United States official told CNN that Griner is expected to land in San Antonio, Texas. She is expected to be back in the country at some point on Friday.