WNBA's Cathy Engelbert on Brittney Griner: 'We know she's safe,' we 'need to be patient'

Before celebrating the arrival of the next generation of WNBA players on Monday

commissioner Cathy Engelbert addressed the perilous plight of one of the game's biggest stars.

Engelbert kicked off Monday's WNBA draft with an update on Phoenix Mercury All-Star Brittney Griner, who remains imprisoned in a Russian jail.

Engelbert didn't provide specifics on Griner's situation, but did assure reporters that Griner is "safe."

Engelbert also announced that the WNBA will carry on and expand Griner's BG's Heart and Sole Shoe Drive across WNBA cities.

Griner has spearheaded the initiative to collect shoes for the homeless in Arizona since 2016.