Phoenix police arrest WNBA star Griner and fiancee for assault

Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:42pm EDT
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By David Schwartz

PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. women's basketball star Brittney Griner and her fiancee, fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson, have been arrested on disorderly conduct and assault charges after a fight at their Phoenix home, police said.

Griner, who has played with the Phoenix Mercury team since 2013, and Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, were booked into the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix on Wednesday and released early on Thursday, authorities said.

Police went to the house the two 24-year-old women share in the city's western suburb of Goodyear after a 911 call about a fight on Wednesday afternoon.

"Upon arrival officers found the two had been in a physical fight with one another resulting in minor injuries to both," Lisa Kutis, spokeswoman for the Goodyear Police Department, said in a statement.

"They were both arrested and booked into 4th Avenue jail on assault and disorderly conduct charges," she said.

Griner, a 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter), two-time WNBA all-star, was a three-time All-American at Baylor and was voted most outstanding player of the Final Four in 2012, when Baylor won the national championship.

Johnson, who is 6 foot 3 (1.91 meter), was a WNBA all-star in 2014.

The couple announced their engagement last year.   Continued...

Women's National  Basketball Association (WNBA) players Brittney Griner (L) of the Phoenix Mercury and her fiancee Glory Johnson of the Tulsa Shock, are shown in this combo of police booking photos provided April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office/Handout via Reuters