Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams worked with the WNBPA to have “We Are BG” shirts delivered overnight for the team to wear during practice on Saturday in support of Brittney Griner, who is currently incarcerated in Russia. What was Jayson Tatum’s outfit, though?
Griner has been wrongly imprisoned in a Russian prison for over 100 days, and a number of NBA players have begun to speak out. Williams, Marcus Smart, and Jaylen Brown all wore shirts with a QR code on the back that directed to a Change.org petition.
“Secure Brittney Griner’s Swift and Safe Return to the U.S.”
The Celtics are all wearing these T-shirts for practice. “We are BG” pic.twitter.com/J2bySxCHXH
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) June 4, 2022
Tatum might not have gotten a shirt because of the hurry in the midnight planning. He was dressed in a retro Celtics shirt similar to the one worn by Kobe Bryant during his Boston workout.
Tatum did comment on the “We Are BG” tees and told a tale about hanging out with her during the Olympics. Tatum is inextricably related to the Griner scenario, whether he realizes it or not.
Tatum Hanging Out with Britney
#Celtics F @jaytatum0 – who got to know Brittany Griner at the Olympics – on wearing the “We Are BG” shirts for her on Saturday at the #NBAFinals – @wbz
(Via @nba) pic.twitter.com/4cUgzE5pEP
— Dan Roche (@RochieWBZ) June 4, 2022
Last season, Griner was ranked No. 13 in the WNBA, and this season, Tatum was ranked No. 13 in the NBA. It’s improbable that Tatum would have spent more than 100 days in Russia if the roles were reversed.
Tatum is the focus of all sports media attention as he leads his team in the 2022 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. He and Stephen Curry may decide to boycott the NBA Finals unless the league confirms it is doing something to bring Griner home.