In an initial statement, the WNBA said Griner has the league’s “full support” as the situation progresses. The main priority, the WNBA statement explained, was to ensure a “swift and safe return to the United States.”

In May, the WNBA announced plans to honor Griner during the 2022 season by featuring the player’s initial and jersey number (42) on the sidelines of all 12 league courts.

“As we begin the 2022 season, we are keeping Brittney at the forefront of what we do through the game of basketball and in the community,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said when announcing the plans. “We continue to work on bringing Brittney home and are appreciative of the support the community has shown BG and her family during this extraordinarily challenging time.”

The Phoenix Mercury has also been granted roster and salary cap relief by the WNBA, which facilitates the employment of a replacement player pending Griner’s return. Griner, meanwhile, will continue to be paid her full salary.