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WNBA Coach Annoyed That Brittney Griner’s Return Didn’t Sell Out Arena

WNBA Coach Annoyed That Brittney Griner’s Return Didn’t Sell Out Arena

“Like, I expected more, you know, to be honest.”

People just aren’t that into the WNBA. What can you do?

FOX News reports:

Crowd size for Brittney Griner’s WNBA return baffles coach: ‘How was it not a sellout?’

The Phoenix Mercury were on the road to start the 2023 WNBA season as the team took on the Los Angeles Sparks at the Arena in Brittney Griner’s official return to the floor.

Griner had 18 points, six rebounds, four blocks and two assists in Phoenix’s 94-71 loss. But it was a big moment for the former Baylor standout as she returned to the court for the first time since 2021. She missed all of last season as she was jailed in Russia on a drug conviction. She returned to the U.S. in December as part of a prisoner swap for arms dealer Viktor Bout.

Because it was her return, Mercury head coach Vanessa Nygaard was expecting a much fuller arena.

“I mean, it was great. But like honestly, c’mon now LA. We didn’t sell out the arena for BG?” Nygaard said. “Like, I expected more, you know, to be honest. Right, it was great, it was loud. But how was it not a sellout? How was it not a sellout?”

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SeiteiSouther | May 22, 2023 at 10:40 am

Maybe because she’s not the role model you acclaim her to be.

It’d be different if her jailing circumstances were not what they were.

However, she broke the law and paid the price, and now you’re wondering why it didn’t sell out? Wow, you must be a rocket scientist.

henrybowman | May 22, 2023 at 11:49 am

Who wouldn’t buy a ticket to watch a humorless Marxist ingrate perform marginally at a professional sport? Especially since her narcissism cost us the release of a dangerous political prisoner who “literally threatens our safety and well-being,” to use the snowflakes’ mantra.

No matter how you try to spin it, while what Griner did may be legal in much of the US, it is illegal in Russia, where she was convicted, and sentenced to prison. She is a convicted criminal, not a political prisoner or hostage as some on the left have tried to define her.

“How was it not a sellout?”

She’s not terribly likable and, while it may pay your salary, the WNBA isn’t very popular.

That’s easy. Antiques Road Show was on PBS at the same time.

Because it was her return
See, there’s your problem – expectations, Because your grift doesn’t allow for understanding that:
1) Nobody cared about her before her capture as a drug smuggler in Russia,
2) Even fewer cared for her after said stunt and her statements,
and 3) No one cared much about the WNBA before and fewer will after this attempt at victimhood.

Huh…someone finally noticed no-one attends games and is baffled? Sucks when you realize no-one really cares about a bunch of entitled lesbians running around playing high school basketball.

nordic prince | May 23, 2023 at 7:43 am

“How was it not a sellout?”

Reminds me of:

“Why aren’t I fifty points ahead?”

Gremlin1974 | May 23, 2023 at 6:53 pm

Because she should still be rotting in a Russian jail for knowingly breaking their laws and a soldier who is worth 20 of her on his worst day should be free.

I went to Russia in the mid-90’s and had zero issues, everyone was polite, from the police to the people to the government officials we met. None of my group got into trouble, but then again we made sure not to break any of their laws.

    Another Voice in reply to Gremlin1974. | May 24, 2023 at 11:20 am

    “and a soldier who is worth 20 of her on his worst day should be free.” Exactly where fans of national B.B’. players are at, be it WNBA or NBA.

    The fact this coach wants standing today, exactly what the NBA began in 1979, to grow and achieve and in part as a result of the NCAA programs changing and growing 7 years post Title IX. In comparison and with much longer history starting in 1979, where as the ‘formal’ WNBA began in 1996. It is on the women’s program to show fans they have what it takes to be competitive and draw the fans who are willing to buy seats. To get there The Phoenix Mercury and Griner’s need to put in approx. 17 years of building their program. But like so many things now, it’s about EQUITY. To get fans into those vacant seats with paying patrons they will need to get to EQUALITY. Coach Nygaard’s problem is how tone deaf she is to these facts.