It looks like Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson will be having an extended honeymoon. Earlier today, the WNBA announced that the newlyweds were both suspended due to a domestic violence incident that occurred back in April.
Griner, who plays for the Phoenix Mercury, and Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, will both be required to sit out the first seven regular games of the 2015-16 season. In a statement released by WNBA President Laurel J. Richie explains the suspension:
The WNBA takes all acts of violence extremely seriously. It is our strong belief that violence has absolutely no place in society, in sports or in this league.
As president, it is my responsibility to protect the league and uphold its values. 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.
The WNBA immediately initiated its own investigation into the incident. It was extremely important for us to review the events thoroughly and carefully. Over the course of three weeks, the league conducted interviews with both players and three witnesses present for much of the altercation, and reviewed the police report, medical records, photos and other materials in order to determine the facts. Based on the WNBA’s investigation, the following summary of facts is largely undisputed.
In detail, Richie went on to discuss the incident that led to Johnson and Griner’s April arrest:
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.
Neither woman will be paid during the suspension period. And in addition to the suspension, they will be required by the league to attend individual counseling.
Brittney and Glory’s conduct is detrimental to the best interests of the WNBA and violates applicable law. We also understand that people make mistakes, and that education and training are as important as imposing discipline.
Griner and Johnson exchanged vows Friday, May 8, just two weeks after the violent incident.