In some unfortunate news, WNBA stars and fiancees Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson were arrested in their Goodyear, Ariz. home last night, reports referring to the incident as “suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct.” The Associated Press writes that Goodyear police spokeswoman Lisa Kurtis says officers were called to the women’s house yesterday afternoon after “after receiving reports of a fight,” and both women appeared injured but no weapons were involved.
“Brittney told cops the two had been fighting for days and were having serious ‘relationship issues.’ As for the specific incident, cops say there were several people at the home when Brit and Glory began to argue — and the fight turned physical. Cops say Brittney admitted to throwing a dog bowl at the wall — and then the two began fighting. Glory’s sister eventually called police because people “couldn’t get them pulled apart” and she didn’t want anyone to get hurt. When cops arrived, officers say Brittney had several cuts — and a bite wound. Glory was bleeding from the lip.”
The only statements that have been made at this time are from their team representatives. Phoenix Mercury Executive Vice President and General Manager Jim Pitman released this statement today:
“The Mercury organization is aware of an alleged incident involving Brittney Griner. We are in the process of gathering additional information, and will have no further comment at this time.”
Glory plays for the Tulsa Shock, and the team’s president Steve Swetoha expressed a similar sentiment:
“We are aware of the reports out of Phoenix regarding our player Glory Johnson. We are in the process of gathering information at this time. Of course our first concern is for Glory’s well-being and health. We are looking into the matter further and have no other comment to make at this time.”
Brittney and Glory became engaged last year and are set to marry next month. They recently appeared on an episode of Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta with Glory’s family helping her find her bridal gown.
This is a sad event that we will keep you updated on, as these women are both public figures and a part of our community.
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