Per the Associated Press, today it was announced that the WNBA has suspended All-Stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson for seven games each after their domestic violence arrests in April.
Married last week in Phoenix, the two had been arrested on suspicion of assault after a fight in the home they recently purchased.
WNBA President Laurel J. Richie issued the following statement in regard to the incident.
The WNBA takes all acts of violence extremely seriously. 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 WNBA, and they must all abide by the league’s standards of conduct. In this case, Brittney and Glory failed to do that, and that is unacceptable.
…Brittney and Glory were involved in a phsyical alteration with each other at their home. It began when Glory pushed Brittney in the shoulder and Brittney pushed Glory in the back of the neck. The confrontation escalated to include wrestling, punches and the throwing any swinging of various objects. Brittney received a bite wound on her finger and scratches on her wrist, and Glory received a scratch above her lip and was diagnosed with a concussion.
After the incident, Griner entered a diversion agreement in which she pled guilty to disorderly conduct and will attend 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling. If she completes that program, all charges will be dismissed. The case of Johnson has been transferred to a county court and is pending.