The WNBA stars were married just 28 days ago, but right after a fight brought arrests and suspensions for both
One day after Glory Johnson announced her pregnancy, wife Brittney Griner has moved to annul their 28-day marriage, PEOPLE has confirmed.
The news comes just 28 days after the WNBA players’ May 8 wedding, but six weeks after a physical altercation between the two 24-year-olds at their Goodyear, Arizona, home resulted in arrests and league suspensions for both.
“Last Wednesday, Glory and I agreed to either legally separate, get divorced, or annul our marriage,” Griner, a center for the three-time champion Phoenix Mercury, said in a statement to PEOPLE. “I can confirm today I filed for an annulment. In the week prior to the wedding, I attempted to postpone the wedding several times until I completed counseling, but I still went through with it. I now realize that was a mistake.
A request for comment from Johnson was not immediately answered. However Johnson’s sports marketing agent, D.J. Fisher, tells TMZ: “Glory was unaware of the filing and still loves and cares for Brittney. Glory loves Brittney and made a huge sacrifice to carry a child, put her career on hold, to invest in their relationship and their future. As a result she won’t be playing this season.”
He continues, “Glory wouldn’t intentionally do anything to hurt Brittney and has tried her best to protect her and their marriage. Obviously this marriage was about them starting their life together. Glory is the sweetest thing in the world and she was dedicated to their partnership. She knows how important marriage is and made a lifetime commitment and decision to spend the rest of her life with Brittney.”
Adding just a hint of confusion, Johnson used her Instagram account earlier Friday to post a virtual love note to Griner, writing, “One day until I’m reunited with my wife @brittneygriner. . . This is about to be one CRAZY SUMMER!!! #TooExcited #NewLife #NewAdditionToTheFamily.”
Indeed, only on Thursday did Johnson, a two-time All-Star for the Tulsa Shock, fuel the pregnancy rumor – later confirmed by her team – by posting an Instagram photo of a bun headed into the oven, or rather an oven-shaped cake, along with the hashtags, #SUCCESS #BLESSED #WelcomeToTheJohnsonGrinerFamily.
Both revelations, however, came after Johnson gave a revealing interview published Tuesday by Sports Illustrated in which she claimed her injuries proved she was the target in the April 22 altercation at the couple’s home.
Medical records shared with SI by Johnson’s attorney, Howard Snader, showed Johnson had been struck twice “on the back of her head by a hard carrying case.” A CT scan revealed evidence of a concussion and spinal trauma, while Griner, according to the police report, suffered only scratches.
The WNBA suspended both players for seven games apiece after calling their behavior equally “unacceptable.” Each of their teams opens their season Friday.
Johnson told the magazine: “If I’m being fought, I’m not just gonna sit back There’s probably a better way to handle it. But at the time You’re just thinking of protecting yourself and doing what you need to do to stand up for yourself.”
She continued: “I’m not going to throw Brittney under the bus and she’s not going to throw me under the bus [but] what the [WNBA] did not say in the statements they released was that I pled not guilty So for them to release a statement saying that we were both guilty in the situation, it’s not right. It’s not correct Brittney pled guilty Brittney understands why I pled not guilty, and I understand why she pled guilty she was even willing to speak to whoever she needed to, to get the point across.”
On April 28, Griner accepted a plea deal to enter domestic violence counseling, after which the charges against her were to be dismissed, USA Today reported. Johnson enrolled in counseling voluntarily.
Johnson told Sports Illustrated: “A lot of people were telling us that we rushed the wedding. But if we had done it Brittney’s way, we would have gone somewhere without telling anybody, and we would have done it way before anybody knew – which is something that I really like about her. She doesn’t care what people think.”