Brittney Griner and fiancee Glory Johnson were arrested for a domestic violence incident at their home in Goodyear, Arizona. TMZ is reporting that WNBA lesbian and gay superstar couple Brittney Griner, of Phoenix Mercury, and Glory Johnson, of Tusla Shock, had a huge fight and were booked into the Maricopa County Jail on charges of assault and disorderly conduct.
The altercation took place on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 23, 2015. Police were dispatched to the scene after they were notified that a domestic fight had taken place at the residence. When police arrived at the home, they found two African-American women with minor visible injuries, indicating that they had both attacked each other. The women were identified as Glory Johnson and Brittney Griner.
The arrests come on the heels of several posts on social media from the pair professing their undying love for each other, which emphasizes the discrepancy between a supposed happy social media life versus a couple’s real home life.
Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson announced last year that they were engaged and that the nuptials were planned for May of this year. The lesbian duo also appeared in an episode of Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta.
Officials for Phoenix Mercury are aware of the arrest. Phoenix Mercury Executive Vice President Jim Pitman made the following statement, according to the New York Daily News.
“The Mercury organization is aware of an alleged incident involving Brittney Griner. We are in the process of gathering additional information, and will have no further comment at this time.”
Phoenix Mercury player Brittney Griner was released from the Maricopa County Jail at around 4 a.m., on Thursday. As of now, there is no further information about the domestic violence incident, nor is there currently information about an upcoming court day for Griner and Johnson.
When the subject of domestic violence is discussed, it is usually discussed within the context of heterosexual couples. Domestic violence is also prevalent in lesbian and gay relationships, i.e. the LGBT community, but it is rarely discussed. Statistically, 25 to 75 percent of individuals involved in a lesbian, gay, or same sex relationship have been affected by domestic violence. The Inquisitr reported on this finding last year. About this fact, Richard Carroll, psychologist for Northwestern Memorial Hospital, made the following comment.
“Domestic violence is exacerbated because same-sex couples are dealing with the additional stress of being a sexual minority. This leads to reluctance to address domestic violence issues.”
Since the arrests of Glory Johnson and Brittney Griner became public, social media has been abuzz with comments and opinions about both their relationship and the charges.