Brittney Griner, a member of the Phoenix Mercury, will not be making the trip "to focus on her mental health," the team announced on Saturday.
The WNBA star will sit out at least two games for the Mercury this week as they travel to Chicago and Indiana,
but the team has not yet determined "a timeline for her return" to the field. Mercury center Brittney Griner will not be making the trip to Chicago and Indiana
(July 30-August 1) for the team's upcoming two games because she needs to focus on her mental health.
The Mercury are behind Brittney 100 percent, and the club promises to keep working with her on a return date.
Earlier this year, Griner, an Olympic gold medalist and veteran WNBA all-star, made her initial return to the league after being released from custody in Russia.
An international prisoner swap in December 2018 between the United States and Russia resulted in the release of the professional athlete,
who had been incarcerated in Russian prisons for nearly 10 months on drug accusations.