Alex Stein: “People are like ‘why would you ask that?’— well, first of all, I’m not trying to be a serious journalist, but when I ask a serious question ‘was it a fair trade?' [Griner for arms dealer Viktor Bout] and I don’t get the response, I grew up learning from the school of Howard Stern, shock-jock, then I ask her the Putin question [‘Is it true you had sex with Vladimir Putin to get released from Russia?’] which is so obviously false to try and kind of lighten the mood… I should have brought up her pronouns, I should have asked if she’s got weed in her bag. “
Jason Whitlock: “Why did you do this?”
Stein: “Calling out woke athletes. This is so crazy about how insulated Brittney Griner is. She was literally the biggest political story for a year and not one journalist from any major outlet at ESPN, CNN, ABC, blah, blah, blah will ever ask her a hard-hitting question. And me, just asking that question was like considered assault, the Mercury statement even used the word ‘hate’. I don’t hate Brittney Griner, I think she’s a great college basketball player, and women’s college basketball is actually pretty interesting to me. I respect her as being one of the greatest athletes in that, but to not be able to ask her a few questions? Like, that’s not based in hate. She’s so insulated that me doing this has become a level of hate but really I need to spit out these facts… THESE LADIES SHOULD BE THANKING ME. THEY’RE ABOUT TO GET CHARTERED FLIGHTS. THEY DON’T HAVE TO GET ON SOUTHWEST AIRLINES ANYMORE AND GO FROM INDIANAPOLIS TO DALLAS, OR WHATEVER, SO NOW THEY’RE ABOUT TO GO TO FIRST CLASS AND THEY’RE NOT GONNA HAVE TO GO THROUGH TSA AND GET FONDLED BY SECURITY ANYMORE. Now Brittney doesn’t have to worry about if she has a little medicinal in her bag, she’s not gonna have to go through security on a new charter flight. Brittney Griner needs to have a 'Primetime Alex Stein' bobblehead day, and this WNBA Players Association, Brittney Griner’s agent, and Brittney Griner’s teammates all owe me apology… The WNBA played the victim, they turned me into a January 6th insurrectionist for asking her a question. This is the most publicity they’ve gotten in five years other than Brittney Griner’s weed arrest. They don’t realize that they put me over like the AOC ‘big booty Latina’. When she [AOC] went and responded to that, played the victim, and made 16 Instagram posts, and made it a way bigger deal, she ‘put me over’ in professional wrestling terms, when you let the younger wrestler beat you because it’s all fake to put them over to help him advance in his career, and that’s what the WNBA did… I don’t even dislike Brittney Griner but do you think she’ll ever answer hard questions or ever get to have an opinion on anything?”
Watch right-wing comedian Alex Stein, recently referred to as Brittney Griner’s ‘provocateur’ by mainstream news outlets, join ‘Fearless’ with Jason Whitlock to discuss his viral airport run-in with the WNBA star which briefly became one of the biggest sports stories in the country over the weekend.
Stein confronted Griner and her Mercury teammates at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and berated her with a series of trolling questions like ‘did you sleep with Vladimir Putin to get released from prison?’ and ‘was that a fair trade for the ‘Merchant of Death?’
Griner was infamously connected to convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, nicknamed the ‘Merchant of Death’, who later became the trade piece that got Griner released from a Russian jail via prisoner swap.
Griner was seen on Stein’s cell phone video trying to move away from Stein and never engaged with the controversial YouTube star.
The story was picked up by every major news outlet, with the WNBA even releasing a statement acknowledging the ‘safety’ of Griner and all WNBA players being their ‘top priority.’
WNBA players have flown commercially since the league’s inception in 1997, with Stein telling Whitlock that Griner and her WNBA brethren should ‘thank’ Stein for now creating even more push for WNBA teams to universally receive charter travel, despite financial limitations being the culprit for why they never did.
Stein’s name to fame as a notable political troll came after a July 2022 run-in with New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) on the steps of the US Capitol, with Stein memorably calling Ocasio-Cortez a ‘big booty Latina', followed by her publicly admonishing Stein directly over social media.
Check out the segment above as Stein says Griner is way too ‘insulated’ by the media, adding that she never has to answer ‘difficult questions’, or be tasked with giving actual opinions on major topics despite her being a convenient symbol for political activists.