WNBA Hands Glory Johnson And Brittney Griner Seven-Game Suspensions

Friday, May 15th 2015, 1:03 pm
By: News On 6

Tulsa Shock forward Glory Johnson has been suspended seven games by the WNBA for her part in a domestic violence altercation with then-fiancee Brittney Griner. Griner is also suspended for seven games.

The two were arrested on April 22nd in Phoenix on suspicion of assault. Griner and Johnson got married last week.

WNBA President Laurel J. Richie released a statement that revealed details of the fight.

From Richie's statement: "Brittney and Glory were involved in a physical altercation with each other at their home. It began when Glory pushed Brittney in the shoulder and Brittney pushed Glory in the back of the neck. The confrontation escalated to include wrestling, punches, and the throwing and swinging of various objects. Brittney received a bite wound on her finger and scratches on her wrist, and Glory received a scratch above her lip and was diagnosed with a concussion."

"The WNBA takes all acts of violence extremely seriously," Richie said. "Our athletes represent the WNBA and they all must abide by the league's standards of conduct. In this case, Brittney and Glory failed to do so, and that is unacceptable."

“We appreciate the league's due diligence in investigating and making a decision in this matter," Shock president Steve Swetoha said. "As an organization we strongly agree with (WNBA) President Richie's statement that there is no place for violence in our league, in our communities, or in society. We will continue to care for Glory's well-being and look forward to her being in camp with our team.”

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Griner, who plays for the Phoenix Mercury, pled guilty to disorderly conduct and will attend 26 week of domestic violence counseling.

Johnson's case is pending after being transferred to a county court.