While NBA teams always fly charters, WNBA franchises travel almost exclusively on commercial flights.
That’s something that league star Breanna Stewart trying to changeAnd what happened to Brittany Griner is an issue the WNBA may need to address sooner rather than later.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne said, “The issue of private air travel has come to the forefront of free agent conversations around the WNBA, multiple sources told ESPN, as Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner was asked to fly privately because of security concerns.” will be needed.” tweeted on sunday,
“If Griner were to fly privately, the league would need to find out if his teammates on Mercury would fly privately with him. This would raise questions of fairness for the other teams in the league who are currently required to fly privately.” Filling is not allowed.”
Griner spent several months in a Russian prison following his arrest and conviction on drug charges. She was waived back on December 8 and expressed interest in returning to the WNBA.
Over the weekend, Stewart tweeted that he was willing to contribute to subsidizing charter air travel for the entire league.
“I will contribute my zero, post + production hours to ensure that we all travel in a way that prioritizes player health + safety, which ultimately results in a better product,” she said. “who’s with me?”
Until now, the WNBA and its owners have ruled that no team can fly a charter unless every team is able to fly a charter.