Phoenix Mercury player Brittney Griner and her wife, Tulsa Shock’s Glory Johnson have both been suspended from the WNBA following last month’s domestic violence dispute.
The couple, who married just last weekend, was suspended for seven games without pay. Aside from the suspencsion, set to start in June, the couple will be required to attend counseling sessions.
“The W.N.B.A. takes all acts of violence extremely seriously,” Laurel J. Richie, the president of the W.N.B.A.said in a statement. “It is our strong belief that violence has absolutely no place in society, in sports or in this league. As president, it is my responsibility to protect the league and uphold its values. Our athletes represent the W.N.B.A., and they all must abide by the league’s standards of conduct. In this case, Brittney and Glory failed to do so, and that is unacceptable.”
On April 22, both women were arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct. According to law enforcement, they they received a call about reports of a fight and upon arrival, both women were injured.
This is reportedly the longest suspension in league history.