022- PTB discusses female athletes, basketball and Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson
Glory Johnson and Brittney Griner are both NBA stars. They played against each other in college Johnson for Tennessee, Griner for Baylor. They were both first round draft picks after college, Johnson to the Tulsa Shock and Griner to Phoenix Mercury. The pair met in basketball camp in 2013 and were together by summer 2014.
In August 2014 Griner proposed to Johnson at a party in front of their friends and family. Johnson said that she went to the bathroom and was unsure of of what to do. She eventually said yes.
Johnson started to spend all her extra time with Griner. When Johnson’s season was over she went on tour with Griner for the rest of the playoffs.
During the off season Johnson played in Russia while Griner played in China. Griner requested that Johnson quit and go on tour with her.
Then Johnson discovered that Griner was texting her ex girlfriend and the couple began arguing.
Johnson packed up and was going to leave but Griner had a break down and locked herself in the bathroom. Johnson knew about Griner’s mental health issues and decided to stay, worried what would happen if she left.
After this the couple decided to start over, though they’d only been together a few months. They made plans to buy a house and start a family. Since Johnson wasn’t playing she decided now would be a good time to try and get pregnant. The pair decided that she would sit out this season and do in vitro fertilization. They choose a sperm donor in spring 2015 and bought a house.
Everything came to a head on April 22nd 2015. Johnson cold the police later that she knew that Griner had a gun in the house. At the time of the fight she didn’t know about it but her sister did.
Both women were arrested after an argument turned physical and became a full on fight in their Arizonia home. Several people inside tried to break up the fight and the police were called by Johnson’s sister.
Griner claimed it began because Johnson disrespected her. Johnson told the cops that Griner had gotten too close, so she pushed her back to get some separation and began talking to her sister when she was pushed in the back of the head by Griner. 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 pleaded guilty and enrolled in domestic violence courses and Johnson pleaded not guilty – fueling backlash from her wife who felt Johnson had thrown her under the bus.
The two moved past the fight and got married on May 8th 2015. In early June they announced that Johnson was pregnant.
One day later Griner filed for an annulment. They were married for 28 days.
The twins, named Ava Simone and Solei Diem, came four months early and Griner was out of the picture. A judge denied temporary spousal support after Johnson requested 6,000 a month in support. Griner had been paying $2,665.81 per month.
A second judge ordered that Griner continue to pay that amount.