WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson were each suspended a record 7 games for a fistfight that landed them in jail last month.
Griner and Johnson got “married” in Phoenix last week — two weeks after their arrest for a domestic violence incident at a Phoenix home they purchased together.
Griner told authorities the couple fought “for days” over pressures related to their home purchase and their upcoming gay wedding.
In addition to the suspensions, the ladies must undergo individual counseling and mental health evaluations.
The WNBA probably saw this wedding photo of Johnson biting Griner. The photo reveals Johnson’s unresolved anger, sexual aggression and resentment.
Johnson may not even be aware of the seething anger she feels on a subconscious level. But her anger will likely manifest itself later, probably in the form of an emotional outburst that will end in violence.
In issuing the record suspensions, the WNBA reaffirmed its commitment to ending domestic violence among lesbians in the 19-year-old league.
From Yahoo Sports:
WNBA President Laurel Richie said the league “takes all acts of violence extremely seriously” in handing down a suspension that represents more than one-fifth of the 34-game regular season. Richie called the players’ actions “unacceptable.”
“Brittney and Glory’s conduct is detrimental to the best interests of the WNBA and violates applicable law,” Richie said in a statement. “We also understand that people make mistakes, and that education and training are as important as imposing discipline.”
The WNBA said the two All-Stars must undergo individual counseling. If either fails to comply with that condition or those by the court, the league says it can revisit the case.
“It is our strong belief that violence has absolutely no place in society, in sports or in this league,” Richie said. “As president, it is my responsibility to protect the league and uphold its values.”
The players were arrested April 22 on suspicion of assault after they fought in a home they recently bought. Griner pled guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct and entered a diversion program. The assault charge was dismissed. She must attend 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling. All charges will be dismissed if she completes counseling. Johnson’s case was transferred to county court and is still pending.
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