WNBA player Glory Johnson, left, claims she was the victim in a knock down, drag out fight with then "fiancee" Brittney Griner on April 22.
Both women were hauled off to jail as mutual combatants and publicly humiliated when their mugshots went viral.
On may 15, the WNBA suspended both women for 7 games each, saying the league won't tolerate domestic violence among their mostly lesbian players.
The suspensions hit both women hard in their wallets.
But in an exclusive interview with SI.com, Johnson said Griner (who assumes the manly role in their relationship) was the aggressor.
Johnson was repeatedly referred to as "the victim" throughout the probable cause affidavit, but the WNBA still punished them equally.
“If I’m being fought, I’m not just gonna sit back," said Johnson. "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.”
Both women suffered minor injuries in the fisticuffs, but Johnson's injuries were numerous.
“[The WNBA] definitely knew about [injuries],” Johnson said. “And that’s another reason it surprised me that they came up with the same conclusion.
"I’m not going to throw Brittney under the bus," said Johnson, before throwing her "wife" 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," added Johnson. "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.”
Despite the clear and present danger signs of mental and emotional dysfunction, both women tied the knot in an intimate ceremony attended by their single mothers.
Hopefully they won't kill each other next time.
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