After Alleged Domestic Violence Incident, Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson Still Plan to Wed

The WNBA stars issued their first public statement since their arrest.
Glory Johnson (left) and Brittney Griner. (Photo: Glory Johnson/Instagram)
Apr 25, 2015· 1 MIN READ
Jamilah King is a TakePart staff writer covering the intersection of race/ethnicity, poverty, gender, and sexuality.

WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson were arrested this week at their Phoenix-area home on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct owing to an alleged domestic violence incident. But according to a post on social media from Johnson, the two athletes, who are engaged to be married, seem to be trying to move past the episode, which made national headlines.

On Friday night, Johnson made the couple’s first public comments about the matter, writing in a photo caption on Instagram:

WE’RE OK! #brittneygriner and I are home, injury-free, and still wedding planning! We know we must set better examples, even during the most trying times, and we are EXTREMELY sorry for all the negative attention we brought to ourselves, our family, and the league. We are actively seeking help in order to BETTER. Thanks for all the Love, Support, and Prayers that were sent our way.

Johnson added the hashtags #WorkInProgress and #NobodysPerfect to the message.

The incident has shed light on the problem of intimate-partner violence among LGBT couples. Domestic violence between opposite-sex partners has gotten widespread attention over the past year, in part because of several incidents involving NFL players. Last September, video of former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice punching his then fiancée and now wife, Janay Rice, in an Atlantic City casino elevator went viral. Rice’s contract with the Ravens was subsequently terminated, and he was suspended by the NFL. However, such violence between LGBT couples has gotten considerably less attention. So far, the WNBA has not announced any punishment for either Griner or Johnson.

Here’s Johnson’s message as it appeared on Instagram: