Remember Brittney Griner, the convicted Russian felon locked up in a gulag for smuggling hash into the Russian Federation that Biden bizarrely exchanged for arms dealer Viktor Bout, the “Merchant of Death”? That trade that happened despite Bout being sure to help Russia fight in Ukraine, Griner protesting the national anthem, and the Russkies also holding Paul Whelan, a former US Marine likely working for the US within Russia?
No? Of course not. No one watches the WNBA. I bet most people who wrung their hands with worry about Brittney don’t even know the name of the team she plays on, much less the names of three teams in the league or any other players.
In any case, Griner isn’t just an anthem-protesting, Russian felon that Biden deemed more important than a US Marine. She’s also an alleged wife-beater, something left out of the coverage surrounding her arrest in Russia, time in Russian jail, and subsequent release.
The incident took place in 2015 and led to Griner’s arrest by Phoenix-area police, with Griner’s hand injured from teeth marks and Griner’s then-fiancee bloodied in the face from the incident. It occurred in Griner’s home, which she shared with her then-fiancee, now ex-wife, Glory Johnson. Johnson was also a WNBA athlete. So now you know the names of two WNBA players.
USA Today covered the incident at the time, writing:
Griner told police that she and Johnson had been arguing every day and got into each other’s faces Wednesday afternoon in the home they had bought two days earlier after Johnson said Griner “disrespected” her, according to a police report.
Johnson told police Griner had gotten too close, so she pushed her back to get some separation and began talking to her sister when she was pushed in the back of the head by Griner. Johnson turned around and the physical altercation began, with both fighting on the floor for 4 to 6 minutes. The entire episode lasted about 20 minutes, according to the report.
Griner’s attorney, David Michael Cantor, issued a public statement after the incident. Beginning, he said “The last few months have been an extremely stressful time for Brittney and Glory.”
Continuing, Cantor went on to say “They will continue to work through these hardships together and ask that the media respect their privacy as they handle this family matter. Glory and Brittney sincerely apologize for the distraction this has caused their families, respective teams, the WNBA, sponsors and fans.”
The WNBA also reacted to the incident. Taking action to slap the wife-beater on the wrist, it suspended Griner for seven games. It then also released a statement, saying that Griner’s conduct was “detrimental to the best interests of the WNBA” while also violating “applicable law.” In the words of the WNBA:
“With consideration of all the facts and circumstances of this matter, we are suspending Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson each without pay for a period of seven regular-season games.
“Brittney and Glory’s conduct is detrimental to the best interests of the WNBA and violates applicable law. We also understand that people make mistakes, and that education and training are as important as imposing discipline.”
Griner and Glory were divorced in 2016.
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