Image Credit:- Google

Sports World Reacts To Brittney Griner, Pat Tillman Decision

Image Credit:- Google

Earlier this year, a newspaper in Arizona named Brittney Griner its statesperson of the year. 

Image Credit:- Google

Griner, who was imprisoned in Russia for most of 2022, received the honor from the Arizona Republic. 

Image Credit:- Google

"Today we name Brittney Griner “Arizonan of the Year” because no other Arizona newsmaker in 2022 captured the public eye as intensely as she did.  

Image Credit:- Google

Nor has anyone’s story in this state aroused the kind of fear and foreboding that hers had for nearly 300 days," the outlet announced. 

Image Credit:- Google

Griner is receiving the same honor that former NFL player Pat Tillman did. Tillman, a former Cardinals defensive back, was killed in combat duty. 

Image Credit:- Google

Unsurprisingly, there are some who disagree with the decision. "Britney Griner was awarded the same award Pat Tillman was awarded. Does it get more offensive?" one fan wrote.

Image Credit:- Google

"So ashamed. I grew up in Arizona, phenomenal place. Awhile back they awarded Pat Tillman “Arizonan of the year”. This year? Brittany Griner. Shouldn’t be allowed to say those names in same sentence," Curt Schilling wrote.

Image Credit:- Google

Of course, there are plenty who agree with the outlet's decision. Griner's return home is inspiring to many. Naturally, though, there will be some disagreement here.