Brittney Griner away from road-tripping Mercury due to mental health reasons

Phoenix, AZ (July 29, 2023) - Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner will not travel with the team for their upcoming two-game road trip to focus on her mental health.

"I'm just trying to take it day by day," Griner said. "I'm still trying to process everything that happened."

The Mercury said in a statement that they fully support Griner's decision to stay home. 

"We are here to support Brittney in any way we can," the statement said. "Her health and well-being are our top priority." 

Griner's decision to stay home is a reminder of the toll that her experience in Russia has taken on her. It is also a reminder of the importance of mental health, especially for athletes who have experienced trauma.  

The Mercury will open their road trip on Sunday against the Chicago Sky. They will then travel to Indiana to face the Indiana Fever on Tuesday. 

It is unclear when Griner will return to the team. However, the Mercury said that they are "committed to working with Brittney to determine the best path forward."

In the meantime, the Mercury will continue to support Griner as she focuses on her mental health.