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  Serena Williams, Brittney Griner Honored at NAACP Image Awards – Retired tennis star Serena Williams and Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner were honored by the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday. Williams received the Jackie Robinson Sports Award, which honors athletes who excel in their field of play while also making efforts in areas like social justice and civil rights. Williams, 41, retired from tennis last year. She is the 10th person to win the award, which has only been given out sporadically since its introduction in 1988.  LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Williams are the only three athletes to receive the honor in the 21st century.



Griner expressed the need for people to continue fighting for the freedom of US detainees.

Griner was not formally given an award, but she was recognized and brought onstage by host Queen Latifah. The Mercury star then addressed the crowd, saying she wants to “fight to bring home every American detained overseas.” Read more at:  (Tyler Conway/Bleacher Report)

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