Brittney Griner, the Phoenix Mercury star who last year won the WNBA's Defensive Player of the Year Award, has been arrested along with her fiancee, Tulsa Shock player Glory Johnson, on charges of assault and domestic violence. The two were arrested on Wednesday at their home in Phoenix and were released early Thursday morning.
According to the police report, Johnson and Griner were fighting so fiercely for four to six minutes that Johnson's sister Judy said "we couldn't pull them apart." Judy Johnson called the police on the two woman because she was afraid someone would get seriously hurt. Griner told the arresting officer that she and Glory Johnson have had relationship issues and have been fighting every day. She blamed stress from planning their wedding and buying a house.
Griner had a laceration on her right wrist and a tooth mark on one finger after it ended up in Johnson's mouth, according to the police report. Johnson had a cut lip. Julio Trejo, a friend of Griner's, had a laceration on his neck after he tried to break up the fight. During the fight, Griner threw a ceramic glass dog bowl at a wall in their house and it broke.
The two women are engaged to marry,and their search for a wedding dress for Johnson was featured on the show 'Say Yes to the Dress.'
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.
If the alleged domestic assault is true, both players are likely to see suspensions by the WNBA. With more and more focus on domestic violence in professional sports, the pro sports leagues have developed a no-tolerance policy for anything that smells of domestic violence. While there are certainly questions to be asked of the two women, expect the WNBA to come down swiftly and hard.
The Mercury and Shock both start their 2015 season on June 5.