WNBA star Brittney Griner was slashed with a knife in a random attack in China on Monday night, but did not require medical attention.
The 24 year-old American athlete, who came out as a lesbian last April, sustained a small cut to her elbow after a man chased her and three teammates onto a bus after basketball practice. One of her teammates was also stabbed, but not seriously injured. It is thought to be a completely random attack.
Griner, who is currently playing for a Chinese team during the WNBA off-season said on Instagram, “First let me say I’m ok!!!! … Let’s just say I’m ready to get out of this city we’re visiting. Life can be took at any moment! Cherish every moment![sic]”
Later she told the Associated Press via email, “I was thinking I was going to end up stabbed in China and if he got to us at the back of the bus, I was going to have to fight this man with a knife.
“The guy was clearly either mentally ill or very drunk,” said Griner. “He was yelling about us hitting his wife and it was pretty clear he had no idea who we were.”
Despite the attack, Griner said she feels completely safe in China and recognises that it was a isolated incident. “The game the next day had more security than I had ever seen,” she said. “There were three to four cops at every entrance. They were everywhere and the team said they were going to make sure and add more security now too.”
The Phoenix Mercury player has been named WBCA NCAA Division I Defensive Player of the Year three years in a row, and also listed on The Advocate’s 40 Under 40 list. Griner came out as a lesbian in April last year and has since announced her engagement to Glory Johnson, a fellow WNBA player.
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