The Phoenix Mercury have announced that superstar center Brittney Griner has left the WNBA’s Bradenton, FL bubble for personal reasons. No other details have been provided.
Griner, one of the W’s most imposing figures, is averaging 17.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for the 6-7 Mercury, any extended absence would have a significant impact on the team’s chances of competing in what’s been a competitive season.
Phoenix head coach Sandy Brodello was unable to provide any additional insight into Griner’s decision to leave the bubble, telling Brendon Kleen of The Next: Hoops that the team will play without her tonight and go from there.
Even if Griner does return to the bubble, she’ll be required to undergo quarantine protocol before she’s able to return to action.