WNBA star, girlfriend arrested following domestic violence incident
(ABC15.COM) PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner and her fiancée Glory Johnson have been arrested for assault and disorderly conduct.
Griner and Johnson were arrested Wednesday after a domestic violence situation at their house in Goodyear, 20 miles west of Phoenix.
Griner told police that she and Johnson had been arguing every day and got into each other’s faces Wednesday afternoon in the home they had bought two days earlier after Johnson said Griner “disrespected” her, according to a police report.
Johnson told police Griner had gotten too close, so she pushed her back to get some separation and began talking to her sister, Judy Johnson, when she was pushed in the back of the head by Griner. Glory Johnson turned around and the physical altercation began, with both fighting on the floor for 4 to 6 minutes. The entire episode lasted about 20 minutes, according to the report.
Griner had a laceration on her right wrist and a tooth mark on the middle finger of her right hand after it ended up in Johnson’s mouth, according to the police report.
Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, had a cut on her lip and Julio Trejo, a friend of Griner’s, had a cut on his neck after trying to break up the fight. All three declined medical attention.
Griner also said she broke a dog bowl after throwing it against a wall during the argument.
Griner told police the fight was caused be weeks of stress, including buying a house, planning a wedding and their relationship. The pair announced their engagement late last summer and expected to get married next month.
Griner and Johnson were released from the 4th Avenue Jail in downtown Phoenix at 4 am. on Thursday.
The Phoenix Mercury Executive Vice President and General Manager Jim Pitman released the following statement on Thursday: ”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.”
Griner has played with the Phoenix Mercury since 2013. Johnson plays for the Tulsa Shock.
The Shock released this statement on Thursday: “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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