Former Baylor Lady Bear and 2012 Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year Britney Griner says her future playing in the WNBA is uncertain, as she awaits a fine and suspension stemming from a fight in Phoenix on Saturday night during the Mercury's game against the Dallas Wings.
“How they (The WNBA) handle this will determine a lot about the future," Griner told the Arizona Republic.
“Because how can I fight for some league that doesn't even want to protect their players?”
The melee started late in the third quarter, when Griner and Wings forward Kristine Anigwe got tangled up inside.
The fight, which featured Griner cocking back her right arm to throw a hay-maker that missed, also saw her chase Aniggwe to half court, where the 6'8 all-star was held back by an official.
Griner was one of six players ejected.
Dallas won the game 80-77.
Reports say she is one of the highest plaid players in WNBA at $115,000 but she expressed disappointment in how often she’s been disciplined by the league.
I'm not (playing in WNBA) for the money because we don't make enough and they want to fine me for every little thing," Griner told paper.
"I'm getting techs for protecting myself in games and flagrants because they always only see me. They never see anything beforehand. I'm basically not getting paid this summer already (due to fines)."
Griner told the Republic she regrets how the fight got so out of hand and is ready for the consequences but doesn’t regret defending herself.
The WNBA has not issued suspensions any suspensions but they are expected.