A domestic dispute between betrothed WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson became so violent that Johnson’s sister, Judy, felt compelled to call the police on the WNBA players, telling officers, “We couldn’t get them apart!”
According to the arrest report of the two WNBA athletes, Griner told the authorities that she and Johnson had been arguing often these days due to the stress of their upcoming wedding. Witnesses state that the WNBA stars were initially verbally arguing with each other before it erupted into a four to six minute match of pushing, shoving, hitting, throwing living room objects at one another, and even a little bit of biting.
Notes in the police report of the incident involving the two WNBA players indicate that Griner suffered bite marks on her hand as well as some damage to her fingers, certainly not the kind of injury the WNBA wants to hear about. Johnson was said to have had noticeable lacerations on her lip.
Brittney Griner was a WNBA first round pick by the Phoenix Mercury in 2013. At six-foot, eight-inches, she’s been an imposing force on the court for quite some time, ranking number one in 2009 high school rankings, and breaking records at Baylor University before chasing her WNBA dreams. Griner was selected as the WNBA Defensive Player of the year in 2014 and took home last year’s WNBA Championship. Glory Johnson was drafted into the WNBA in the first round, fourth overall back in 2012 by the Tulsa Shock. Glory has twice been selected to the WNBA All-Star team.
Griner and Johnson became engaged in August of 2014. The WNBA power couple had even recently been featured on an episode of Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta and their social media accounts indicated the two WNBA players were in a state of relationship bliss.
Thursday afternoon, WNBA’s Griner had her attorney, David Michael Cantor, release the following statement regarding the arrests: “The last few months have been an extremely stressful time for Brittney and Glory. They will continue to work through these hardships together and ask that the media respect their privacy as they handle this family matter. Glory and Brittney sincerely apologize for the distraction this has caused their families, respective teams, the WNBA, sponsors and fans.”
The WNBA, so far, has had little to say on the matter, leaving fans and sponsors to wonder if the league will impose any restrictions on Griner and Johnson for the upcoming WNBA season. While the NFL has come under scrutiny recently for its handling of domestic violence among players, professional sports seem to be more forgiving with female athletes. U.S. Women’s soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo has had numerous run ins with the law and was suspended from the national team in January, however, Solo was recently announced as a key player of the upcoming World Cup roster.
Will the WNBA be just as forgiving of Griner and Johnson? What form of punishment, if any, should the WNBA impose? Tell us what you think.
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