Following her arrest and guilty plea on charges of suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct, WNBA star Brittney Griner has entered a domestic violence diversion program.Griner pleaded guilty to the disorderly conduct charge, but her plea will be held as she completes 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling in Goodyear Municipal Court in Arizona.
According to Griner’s attorney, all charges will be dismissed if Griner successfully finishes the counseling.
Griner, who plays for the Phoenix Mercury, is also being investigated by the WNBA because of the domestic violence incident.
Apparently, Griner and her fiancee, Glory Johnson – player for Tulsa Shock – had an argument that resulted to physical altercation in the home they purchased together.
In a statement released through her attorney, Griner said, “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.”
She also stated that she’s committed to making positive changes and now plans to use what she has learned to set a good example and help make a difference in the world around her.
The couple were arrested on counts of assault by recklessly causing physical injuries and disorderly conduct for fighting. They were booked into Maricopa County Jail in downtown Phoenix, but later released.
Neither required medical attention, although both suffered minor injuries, including a bite mark on Griner’s finger.
Griner told police the fight was caused by weeks of stress, including buying a house, planning a wedding and their relationship. It was reported that the pair announced their engagement late last summer and expected to get married next month.
Let’s hope that the couple truly learned something from the incident and prevent it from happening again in the future. After all, they have better things to do, like plan their wedding.