Brittney Griner reportedly agrees to domestic violence counseling
WNBA star Brittney Griner has entered into a diversion agreement following her arrest on suspicion of assault charges stemming from an altercation with her fiancee, the Associated Press reported.
Griner has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and will attend 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling under the terms of an agreement reached with Municipal Court in Goodyear, Ariz, on Tuesday. All charges will be dismissed if Griner completes the counseling program.
Griner and her fiancee, fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson, were arrested at their home in Arizona on April 22 on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct. Griner voluntarily began counseling the day after her arrest, according to her attorney, David Michael Cantor.
Griner and Johnson, both 24, suffered minor injuries, and neither required medical attention.
Griner told police they got into a fight because they were under a lot of stress. She said they were in the process of buying a house and planning for their wedding, which is scheduled to take place next month. On Monday, Johnson wrote on her Instagram account that the couple had reconciled and that they were still planning their wedding.
“It is never OK for an argument to turn physical. This will never happen again, and I take my relationship and my responsibility as a role model seriously,” Griner said in a statement. “I am committed to making positive changes and I plan to use what I have learned to set a good example and help make a difference in the world around me.”
Griner played a key role in helping the Phoenix Mercury capture last year’s WNBA title. She finished second in team scoring behind Diana Taurasi, averaging 15.6 points and eight rebounds per game.
Johnson, who plays on the Tulsa Shock, averaged 14.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game last season.
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