WNBA superstar Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury was the victim of a knife attack in China on Monday.
Griner is possibly the most recognisable star from the WNBA league and was part of the Phoenix Mercury team that won the WNBA finals in 2014, she is currently in China where she was attacked by a man after leaving practice.
The Associated Press have reported that the 6 ft 8 star was cut by the knife on the elbow but didn't require visiting hospital for the assault.
Griner and two of her teammates were walking from the practice arena to the team bus when a man appeared with a knife.
The assailant began swinging the knife wildly whilst yelling and chasing Griner and the two teammates onto the bus.
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Griner's agent explained the incident to Doug Feinberg of The Associated Press:
"Agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas said Griner sustained a small cut as her team was boarding a bus after practice Monday in what she called a random attack. Colas said the 6-foot-8 player was wearing a winter coat and that the knife barely cut her skin. Griner didn't require stitches. The agent said the man also stabbed one of Griner's teammates, but that she was wearing two jackets and the knife didn't go through."
Griner then took to her official Instagram page to let her fans know that she was ok and clarified the situation:
"First let me say I'm ok!!!! But last night me and 3 my teammates got chase and attack by a man with a big ass knife got a little scratch and my teammates walk away unharmed! He chase us into our bus and had us corned yelling at us then he finally left! Ugh lets just say I'm ready to get out this city we are visiting! Life can be took at any moment! Cherish every moment! AGAIN IM OK! Thank you to everyone that has been checking on me!"
Griner is in China playing for the Beijing Great Wall during the WNBA offseason. She helped lead the Mercury to their third championship in 2014 and was named to the All-WNBA First Team after averaging 15.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game.