Brittney Griner Sustains Small Cut in Attack by Man with Knife in China

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistNovember 4, 2014

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 12:  Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury holds the championship trophy after a win over the Chicago Sky during game three of the WNBA Finals at the UIC Pavilion on September 12, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mercury defeated the Sky 87-82 to win the championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images).  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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WNBA superstar Brittney Griner was the victim of an attack in China on Monday, though she was not seriously injured.    

Griner's agent told Doug Feinberg of The Associated Press, via ABC News, that a man with a knife cut the 6'8" Phoenix Mercury star while she was getting back on the team bus:

Agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas said Griner sustained a small cut as her team was boarding a bus after practice Monday in what she called a random attack. Colas said the 6-foot-8 player was wearing a winter coat and that the knife barely cut her skin. Griner didn't require stitches.

The agent said the man also stabbed one of Griner's teammates, but that she was wearing two jackets and the knife didn't go through.

Colas also said the assailant "was yelling as he chased the players onto the bus" and returned after leaving the scene "covered in blood and was apprehended by Chinese authorities," per Feinberg.

Griner reflected on the incident via Instagram:

First let me say I'm ok!!!! But last night me and 3 my teammates got chase and attack by a man with a big ass knife got a little scratch and my teammates walk away unharmed! He chase us into our bus and had us corned yelling at us then he finally left! Ugh lets just say I'm ready to get out this city we are visiting! Life can be took at any moment! Cherish every moment! AGAIN IM OK! Thank you to everyone that has been checking on me!

Griner is in China playing for the Beijing Great Wall during the WNBA offseason. She helped lead the Mercury to their third championship in 2014 and was named to the All-WNBA First Team after averaging 15.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game.


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