None of us can even begin to imagine how you’re feeling right now. I know I can’t. Many of us have played in Russia and know all too well how dark and grim that country can sometimes be, especially in the winter. But as I sit here and think of you, I can only think about the joy you bring to so many people. Young girls and boys look up to you with amazement. They really can’t believe how tall you are, that you’re a real person. Even adults are in awe; they either push for a picture or an autograph or just stop and stare.
People love watching you play. The Mighty Mercury would do anything for you. They love their players! You really are larger than life. I just wish people really knew you. I wish they knew how you take the time to speak to people, to smile and laugh with kids, how considerate and compassionate you can be. How you’d give the clothes off your back to someone in need. They don’t get to see that side of you. They only see what the media shows, and assumptions people make on their own, but we know you, your basketball sisters know you and guess what? We have your back! I mean we REALLY have your back.
The abundance of love and support around this situation has been powerful to say the least. From the top to the bottom, we are aligned, and we just want you home safe and sound! Nothing else matters. #FREEBG is catchy, but this isn’t just some trending moment or a hashtag, this is your life, and we genuinely care. Not sure what news you’re catching over there, if any at all, but my hope is that you feel the outpouring of concern, support, attention, and love coming from us. Maybe you’re confined to some hotel or something for now. I don’t even let my mind wander to anything other than that but wherever you are and whatever you are feeling, I hope that you are safe and that someone is showing you care.
This situation sucks and we honestly don’t even know what’s true, but I hope that this is a lesson for us all to show grace. For our community to come together and understand that life is much bigger than sport, but sport is what connects us all. Through trials and tribulations, through the highs and the lows, the one thing that has the power to bring people together is sport and Britt we are thinking about you, we love you and we can’t wait to have you back!