WNBA Stars Brittney Griner & Glory Johnson Arrested On Assault Charges After Alleged Dispute
Two Women's National Basketball Association stars, Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson, were arrested on assault and disorderly conduct charges after an alleged physical fight in their home Wednesday afternoon, according to a police report obtained by The Arizona Republic. Griner and Johnson, who got engaged last August, each apparently suffered injuries, including a possible bite mark and other injuries to Griner's hand and wrist, and a laceration on Johnson's lip. Several people tried to break up the fight, The Arizona Republic reports, but were unable to do so and then called the police. Bustle has reached out to Griner and Johnson for comment.
Police spokeswoman Lisa Kutis told ESPN there were no weapons involved and the injuries were minor, so neither Griner nor Johnson required hospital care. According to the police report, Johnson's sister, Judy Johnson, said, "We couldn't get them pulled apart."
According to the police report, Griner told officers she and Johnson were having "relationship issues." A verbal argument turned physical, and Griner allegedly nodded when an officer asked if things had gotten out of control. According to the report, Griner said:
It turned into a fight. Broke up. We kept arguing, mouthing back and forth, clashed again, separated us, clashed again, separated us, and here we are now.
Griner, who plays for the Phoenix Mercury, and Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, were scheduled to wed next month, ESPN reports. The 24-year-olds announced their engagement in a series of Instagram photos that were an inspiration to many who saw the two major athletes display their love for each other while being stars of a sport that isn't always necessarily openly accepting of gay couples. Griner wrote a memoir, In My Skin, that not only covered her background in basketball, but detailed the homophobia she faced as a lesbian playing the sport.
WNBA spokeswoman Dina Skokos said in a statement that the organization is aware of the alleged incident and is working with the two teams to obtain more information. Phoenix Mercury Executive Vice President and General Manager Jim Pitman released a similar statement, saying that the Mercury organization is aware and in the process of gathering more information and "will have no further comment at this time."
Meanwhile, Tulsa Shock President Steve Swetoha released a similar, but more personal statement expressing concern for Johnson's well-being. He wrote on the team's website:
We are aware of the reports out of Phoenix regarding our player Glory Johnson. We are in the process of gathering information at this time. Of course our first concern is for Glory’s well-being and health. We are looking into the matter further and have no other comment to make at this time.
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