An Arizona judge rejected WNBA star Brittney Griner’s request to annul her marriage to fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson. This comes as another blow to Griner in her quest to become single again and a victory of sorts for Johnson, who had countersued for spousal support because the judge’s decision now requires Griner and Johnson to go through with divorce proceedings.
In a statement to People magazine Griner weighed in on the decision, saying, “I respect the judge’s decision. We are moving forward with the divorce on a 28-day marriage.”
It’s been a turbulent year for Griner and Johnson. In April, the couple was arrested for a domestic violence incident just weeks before their scheduled wedding. Griner pled guilty while Johnson continues to fight the charges. Seemingly having put their differences aside, Griner and Johnson said “I do” just weeks later in a small wedding ceremony in Phoenix.
Just days after the wedding, the WNBA handed down a seven-game suspension without pay for both Griner and Johnson for their involvement in the domestic violence incident, only to have Glory Johnson announce she would not be playing at all this season because she was pregnant. A day after Johnson’s pregnancy set the internet abuzz, Griner came forward with news of her own — she was seeking an annulment.
Griner contends that Johnson bullied her into following through with the wedding and that she married Johnson under duress with no knowledge of Glory’s pregnancy. Johnson maintains that Griner knew what she was getting herself into and felt that today’s verdict was the right decision.
Johnson told TMZ, “Together we made life changing decisions which impacted our lives collectively, and we both should be held responsible for those decisions.”
According to documents filed by Johnson in response to Griner’s petition for annulment, Glory felt Brittney should bear the financial responsibility of caring for her and their growing family.
Given the fact that the marriage and now divorce of Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson are taking place in Arizona, a community property state, the better paid Griner may be in for a rude awakening when it comes to settling the matter.
And while Griner’s Phoenix Mercury hold a five-game lead over Johnson’s Tulsa Shock in the WNBA Western Conference standings, fans have to wonder if Griner’s personal struggles will have an effect on the possibility of the Mercury having a repeat championship next month.