WNBA star Brittney Griner sustained a small cut on her elbow when she was attacked by a drunken man with a knife while boarding a bus after practice on Monday evening in Shenyang, Liaoning province, reported tyzb.com
Brittney Griner recalled that the man was yelling as he chased the players onto the bus. He grinned at her then brandished his knife, leaving a small cut on her elbow. Fortunately, she didn’t require stitches.
According to Griner’s agent, the man also stabbed one of her teammates, who wasn’t injured as she was wearing two jackets and the knife didn’t go through.
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“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,” Griner said in an email to The Associated Press.
“The guy was clearly either mentally ill or very drunk,” Griner said. “He was yelling about us hitting his wife and it was pretty clear he had no idea who we were.”
The drunken man, born in 1980, was seen looking for his wife in the evening, not long after he was taken away by the police for investigation, said Liaoshen Evening News.
Griner plays in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury and was the WNBA defense player of the year. This is her second season in China and first with the Beijing Great Wall.
She still managed to lead her team to victory over Liaoning Hengye the the day after the attack, with 19 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks.
Despite the incident, Griner said she still feels safe in China.
First let me say I'm ok!!!! But last night me and 3 my teammates got chase and attack by a man with a big ass knife got a little scratch and my teammates walk away unharmed! He chase us into our bus and had us corned yelling at us then he finally left! Ugh lets just say I'm ready to get out this city we are visiting! Life can be took at any moment! Cherish every moment! AGAIN IM OK! Thank you to everyone that has been checking on me!
By Lucy Liu
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