Glory Johnson Reacts to Judge Declining Spousal Support from Brittney Griner: 'I Feel Like I Am Finally Free'
Glory Johnson says she's relieved, despite judge declining request for spousal support from Brittney Griner
An Arizona judge denied Glory Johnson‘s request to collect $20,000 a month in temporary spousal support (plus attorney’s fees) from her soon-to-be ex wife, fellow WNBA player Brittney Griner, on Thursday, ESPN reports, though it doesn’t seem to be dampening Johnson’s spirits.
“I feel relieved and thankful now that this stressful situation is coming to an end. I was honest throughout this entire painful experience, and I have no regrets. Now, I feel like I am finally free to focus on the things in my life that really matter,” Johnson wrote in a statement exclusive to PEOPLE.
“I get to enjoy being a mom, surrounded by the loving support of my family, and look forward to continuing my exciting career playing the game that I love,” she said. “I’m thankful for those who believed in me and supported me during this trying time. Continue to have faith because right is right and wrong is wrong.”
Griner, who was in court as Johnson made her argument for spousal support by phone, said she couldn’t afford to pay that much. Griner’s attorney, David Michael Cantor, said in a statement Thursday, “We are very pleased that the judge has ruled, after evaluating the credibility of the testimony, that a 28-day marriage does not entitle Glory Johnson to Brittney Griner’s money for purposes of alimony, Mercedes car payments or attorney’s fees,” ESPN reports.
Griner filed for an annulment to end their marriage abruptly in June, just one day after Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, announced that she was pregnant.
Griner, 24, filed for an annulment on their 28 day union. In a statement to PEOPLE at the time, she said that in the week prior to their wedding, she “attempted to postpone the wedding several times.” She also said after the ceremony she realized that it “was a mistake.”
The pair wed on May 8. Just six weeks before they tied the knot, they got into a physical altercation at their home – resulting in arrests and suspensions for both.
Griner, who plays for the Phoenix Mercury, alleges in court papers that Johnson kept up contact with an ex during their relationship, and “intentionally concealed her sexual relations with a man to whom she was simultaneously in a relationship from 2013 to July 2014” during the women’s courtship.
Last week, the court found there was no legal basis for annulment, and the case proceeded as a dissolution of the marriage with minor children. Johnson has taken a year off from the court to carry twins, who are due in February. In a statement to PEOPLE on Aug. 15, she said she was “thankful the annulment was rejected because an act of marriage did occur.”
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The court has advised the two to try to reach a settlement on their community property before the divorce is granted. Their next hearing is set for Sept. 23.
Once the children are born, Johnson can file to request child support from Griner. Johnson has testified that Griner was fully involved of the decision to pursue in vitro fertilization.
For her part, Griner says, she was not aware the actual process had taken place, ESPN reports.
• Reporting by JEFF TRUESDELL