, 2022-12-09 13:10:10,
There was something noticeably different about WNBA star Brittney Griner’s appearance as she was flown into her home state of Texas from Russia overnight: she was missing her signature locs. Videos and photos that emerged from her prisoner swap with Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout in the United Arab Emirates showed Griner with shortly cropped hair, raising concerns from fans who wondered if the Phoenix Mercury player was forced to get rid of her locs while imprisoned.
Griner’s attorney Maria Blagovolina told ESPN that the basketball star recently decided to chop off nearly all of her hair because it kept freezing in the bitter cold after prison showers. The brutal temperatures are a reflection of the grim conditions Griner faced while imprisoned and the haircut suggests she was prepared for a lengthy stay. “It’s very cold in there and every time she washed her hair she got cold and would get a chill,” Blagovolina said. “She should have waited until New Year’s Day.”
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