Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson will be suspended without pay for seven regular-season games each after they were both arrested on misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charges at their Phoenix home in April, WNBA president Laurel Ritchie announced Friday.
Griner and Johnson, who were married shortly after the incident, will also be required to attend individual counseling sessions.
According to the WNBA’s investigation, the incident began when Johnson pushed Griner in the shoulder and Griner pushed Johnon in the back of the neck. “The confrontation escalated to include wrestling, punches, and the throwing and swinging of various objects,” according to Ritchie’s statement. “[Griner] 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.”
Griner pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges following the incident and was ordered to complete 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling. Johnson’s case is still pending.
After their arrest, Johnson took to her Instagram account to say that the couple was fine. “WE’RE OK! @brittneygriner and I are home, injury-free, and still wedding planning! We know we must set better examples, even during the most trying times, and we are EXTREMELY sorry for all the negative attention we brought to ourselves, our family, and the league. We are actively seeking help in order to do BETTER,” she wrote. “Thanks for all the Love, Support, and Prayers that were sent our way.”
Griner also apologized in a statement.
Source: USA Today Sports | Nina Mandell