Glory Johnson, Wife Of WNBA Star Brittney Griner, Is Pregnant
Glory Johnson, half of the WNBA power couple of herself and Brittney Griner, is pregnant, TMZ is reporting.
The couple, who just got married last month, have known for a few weeks that Johnson is pregnant, according to TMZ’s “anonymous sources” close to the couple, but they’ve kept the news under wraps until now. Johnson announced her pregnancy on Instagram, with an adorable cake shaped like an oven and a bun coming out of it.
In a statement via USA Today, Johnson confirmed that she is pregnant.
“It has always been a dream of mine to start a family with someone I love. Being a professional athlete that plays year round, there is never a perfect time to get pregnant without putting my career on hold. The entire process, from learning our fertility options, to making the sacrifices necessary nine months before this child is born, is merely preparing me to become a great wife and an even better mother. The hardest part is sitting out this WNBA season, being away from my loving teammates, and not being able to be on the court and play for our devoted fans. Right now, I not only have my health to worry about, but also the health of this little one resting inside me. Rest assured, I will be back next season, stronger and more ready to play then ever!”
Of course, Johnson’s pregnancy means that her employer, WNBA’s Tulsa Shock, will be without her for at least this season, which begins in just a few days. Tulsa Shock president Steve Swetoha wished Johnson and her wife the best.
“We are excited for Glory and Brittney and wish them the best in the upcoming year. We look forward to seeing Glory back in a Shock uniform in 2016.”
Glory Johnson’s pregnancy announcement comes amid some highly-publicized legal troubles for the couple, described by Knox News writer Chuck Campbell as “the Kardashians of women’s basketball.” In April, both Johnson and Griner were charged with domestic violence for physically assaulting each other — TMZ’s sources insist that Johnson was not pregnant at the time of the fight. Griner accepted a plea deal, and both women were given seven-day suspensions, without pay, from their jobs in the WNBA. They would both later publicly insist that the fight was out of character for them and that they had made things right with each other.
As of this post, it is not clear what effect Glory Johnson’s pregnancy will have on her seven-day WNBA suspension.