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WNBA center lifts Beijing to win after being stabbed by drunk man

Brittney Griner is OK after she and her teammates were stabbed by a drunk man before an away game in Liaoning Province on November 3. Photo: Osports

Brittney Griner scored 19 points to gift Beijing a 51-42 victory over Liaoning in the 2014-2015 Women Chinese Basketball Association league on Tuesday, one day after the American center got stabbed by a drunk man in the team bus.

Griner sustained a small cut when she was attacked by a man while boarding a bus after practice Monday in Shenyang. The man, who followed the players onto the bus, also stabbed one of Griner's teammates. She was wearing two jackets and wasn't injured because the knife didn't go through.

Agent Lindsay Colas called the incident a random attack and said as Griner was wearing a winter coat the knife barely cut her skin.

"First let me say I'm ok!!!! ... Let's just say I'm ready to get out of this city we're visiting," Griner said on Instagram. "Life can be took at any moment! Cherish every moment!"

The man was yelling as he chased the players onto the bus. She said he left the scene, and then returned covered in blood and was apprehended by Chinese authorities.

"When I got on the bus, I was scared by what I saw. Griner was bleeding," recalled Xu Limin, coach of the Beijing team.

"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."

Despite the incident, Griner said she still feels safe in China.

"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."

Griner had 19 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks in Tuesday night's win over Liaoning Hengye.

The 6-foot-8 Griner plays in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury and helped the team win a championship this past September. She led the league with a record 129 blocks and was the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year. She also led the U.S. to a gold medal last month at the FIBA world championship.

"We are thankful Brittney and her teammates are all okay after this incident," the Mercury tweeted from their team account.

This is Griner's second season in China and first with the Beijing Great Wall.

She led Baylor to a 40-0 season and the 2012 NCAA title. She was the No. 1 pick by the Mercury in the 2013 draft.
 


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