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Las Vegas Aces head coach Becky Hammon and several basketball players who played in Russia called for Brittney Griner’s release. Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart, Spanish shooting guard Marta Xargay and Griner’s Phoenix Mercury teammate Diana Taurasi, who played in Russia for over 10 years, recorded video appeals that were shared with Reuters on Wednesday.

“We called Russia our second home for many years. I ask, for the sanctity of sport, to have mercy and understanding for our beloved Brittney Griner,” Taurasi said.