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- All smiles, laughs, holding hands.
- Domestic charges results.
- WNBA repercussions unknown.
Just weeks after a domestic violence incident that resulted in charges, the WNBA couple tied the knot in Phoenix, Arizona.
WNBA players Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson tied the knot on /4/8, 2015. The ceremony took place in Phoenix with Johnson in a beautiful gown while Griner wore a beige suit and white tennis shoes. The 24-year-olds seemed completely relaxed as they exited the ceremony, all laughs and smiles.
Johnson’s hair was held in place by a flowy, long veil and tiara. Meanwhile, Griner’s long dreads framed her face, helping to highlight the day’s bliss whenever a smile was visible. The long, strapless gown had beading with a scalloped bodice top. Holding hands, the two marched down the aisle to their future.
Johnson shared a few intimate moments on Instagram.
One shows the end of the wedding. The other picture shows her biting her wife’s chin as the two smile and seem completely in love and at ease. More outgoing on social media, she communicates with friends and family on various platforms. Her partner, a Phoenix Mercury center, seems content and happy in pictures leading up to the marriage.
Three weeks ago, Johnson, a Tulsa Shock forward, posted their wedding registries on her account. Using Bed Bath & Beyond and Best Buy, the couple looked to focus on the domestic aspect. For fans were upset about the posted information, wondering if they were asking fans for gifts, but Johnson set the record straight.
“We are not asking fans for gifts. All my friends are on social media. This was the best way to get the message out there when people were texting me back and forth where to send gifts. I’m getting married. I registered at two places like most people do.”
The wedding images illustrated a couple absolutely in love and anticipating the future. But not all is well.
According to USA Today, Griner pled guilty to disorderly conduct for the domestic battery incident on April 22, 2015, and must attend domestic violence counseling. The Associated Press adds the program will last 26 weeks and charges will be dismissed after concluding the counseling.
At the time, Johnson posted an apology on Instagram. In the statement, she said, “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.” Admitting to actively seeking help in order to do better,” the WNBA has yet to set down punishment.
Fans, players, and officials are hoping whatever is determined will help all parties involved, personally and professionally.
“Brittney will learn from this and grow,” said former WNBA star Diana Taurasi. Speaking to the AP, she felt setting a precedence was needed for the league to grow, too. “There are things that happen in life, but … domestic violence is unacceptable. There are so many questions that the league has to answer and set a precedent for.”
Diana Taurasi played on the Mercury for 11 seasons. She’s served as guard for the UMMC Ekaterinburg in Yekaterinburg, Russia, since 2012. Served with a DUI in 2009, the league suspended her for two games, so her advice comes from personal challenge and growth.
And on the registry pictures, fans wondered about the idea of marrying someone with violence set in the relationship. Many offered personal stories and advice, telling the player to walk away until the relationship was reworked.
Even though the two have had a rocky past couple of months, including arrests for battery, the couple seem to want to show that they’re in it for the long haul. If the couple does as requested and helps to shed light on domestic violence, perhaps the league will take note of the behavior.
Both spouses seem to take the responsibility of their partnership and public lives seriously. Hopefully, the future will be bright on and off the court for Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson.
Sources: Associated Press, Instagram, USA Today
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