On Saturday, a right-wing YouTuber attαcked Brittney Griner and her Phoenix Mercury teammates at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Alex Stein, host of the right-leaning program Prime Time with Alex Stein on the Blaze Media network, tweeted about his run-in with the star basketball center.
Stein, a self-described troll from Dallas who is well-known for his scathing exchanges with politicians, wrote: “I just met my favorite WNBA player. Video coming soon.”
Later, he teased a more extended version of the video he intended to upload on Sunday morning by posting a little footage of himself yelling at Griner as she walked through the airport.
“Do you still wanna boycott America, Brittney?” Stein speaks in the video as a man continually orders him to stop and tries to separate him from the gathering.
Right-wing activists including Gavin McInnes and Marjorie Taylor Greene have appeared as guests on Stein’s Prime Time show since its February premiere.
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After being released from Russian detention as part of a high-profile prisoner swap, Griner came back to the United States in December.
Regarding the incident at the Dallas airport, the WNBA issued a statement declaring that “the safety of Brittney Griner and all WNBA players is our top priority.”
“As we gather additional information about today’s incident at the Dallas Airport, it has come to our attention that this was orchestrated by a social media figure and provocateur,” the WNBA said. “His actions were inappropriate and unfortunate.”
“Prior to the season, the WNBA worked together with the Phoenix Mercury and BG’s team to ensure her safety during her travel, which included charter flights for WNBA games and assigned security personnel with her at all times. We remain steadfastly committed to the highest standards of security for players.”
A Griner’s talent agency representative, the Mercury players traveled to Indianapolis on a commercial airline at the altercation. Why Griner wasn’t supposed to fly a charter is unknown. On Sunday, the Mercury will take on the Indiana Fever.
The Mercury stated it was investigating the event and would consult the WNBA regarding the appropriate course of action.
“We are committed to our support of BG and advocating for all American hostages abroad. We will continue our support of marginalized communities and fighting the kind of hate that targeted us today,” the team said.
The Phoenix Mercury released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/w0Wu0ZHfla
— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) June 10, 2023
Brianna Turner, another member of Griner’s squad, wrote on Twitter that the group was “nervously huddled in a corner unsure how to move about” at the time of the event. “We demand better,” she declared.
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