Arizonan Award Winner of the Year, Brittney Griner, has been the face of global unrest

Corrections and Clarifications: An earlier model of this column made an incorrect reference concerning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Every week earlier than the Russian military invaded Ukraine, Brittney Grenier flew into Sheremetyevo Worldwide Airport in Moscow. Russia’s Federal Customs Service found e-cigarette cartridges containing small quantities of hashish oil in her baggage and arrested her.

She has arrived as one of many elite athletes in girls’s skilled sports activities, winner of the NCAA Nationwide Championship, Olympic Gold Medalist and WNBA World Champion.

Now I stand on the sting of the abyss.

At this time we’re naming Brittney Griner “Arizonan of the 12 months” as a result of no different Arizona newsmaker in 2022 captured the general public’s consideration as intensely as she did. Nor did anybody’s story on this case evoke the sort of worry and foreboding she had been experiencing for almost 300 days.

Greiner finds herself caught up in a battle

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Grenier stands in a cage in the courtroom before a hearing in Khimki outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.

Greiner finds herself caught not solely in a battle between the Russians and the Ukrainians, however in a historic shift within the world world order. Russia has woke up the defensive NATO and Western Europe has rallied to arm and finance the Ukrainian resistance.

Greiner’s destiny is now within the palms of one of the brutal despots on the planet – Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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