Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner and Girlfriend Arrested on Assault Charges

The Associated Press

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has been arrested on assault charges after a domestic incident with her fiancée Glory Johnson.

Police report that Griner, 24, became engaged in an argument with Johnson, also a WNBA player, at their home in Goodyear, Arizona, about 20 miles from Phoenix. The argument became physical, police reported.

Both players were arrested but released from the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail in Phoenix early Thursday morning.

Police were called to the home at 133rd Drive where Johnson’s sister, Judy, told police that she didn’t know what to do about the pair’s fighting.

“We couldn’t get them pulled apart,” Judy Johnson reportedly told police.

Police also reported that Griner had injuries on her hands and at least one bite mark.

“It turned into a fight. Broke up. We kept arguing, mouthing back and forth, clashed again, separated us, clashed again, separated us, and here we are now,” Griner told police.

Griner proposed to Johnson, on August 14, 2014 and the pair even appeared on a TLC network TV show as they picked out Johnson’s wedding dress. At the time, Griner reported that she would wear a tux at the wedding.

Griner is a two-time WNBA All-Star (2013 and 2014) and last year averaged 15.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.8 blocks in her second season in the league.

Glory Johnson was a first-round pick in the 2012 WNBA draft and in her second and third seasons was named to the Western Conference All-Star squad.

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