“I Had to Think About the Health of the Twins”: Ex-Wife Was Devastated After Brittney Griner Allegedly Refused to Look After Their Newborns

Published 08/29/2022, 3:30 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 30: Brittney Griner #42 and Brianna Turner #21 of the Phoenix Mercury talk on the bench in the fourth quarter of Game Two of the 2021 WNBA Playoffs semifinals against the Las Vegas Aces at Michelob ULTRA Arena on September 30, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Mercury defeated the Aces 117-91. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

WNBA star Brittney Griner and fellow star Glory Johnson had an ugly divorce. Johnson initially only dated men before Griner approached. The couple was soon engaged. However, the two got into an ugly fight, and both sustained minor injuries. Then the lovers were arrested for domestic violence. The police put them both in the same cell where they had the time to reflect on the things that had unfolded. The couple agreed that they went overboard during the fight.

Griner pleaded guilty, but Johnson did not. But the WNBA suspended them both for 7 games. Interestingly, Johnson said that the fight had made them both closer than before. She also said that her fiancé was happy that she stuck with her. And promised that she would take efforts to make their time together worthwhile. And surprisingly, the basketball stars married one month after their altercation, even though some of Johnson’s family members were against it.

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However, their marriage did not last long. After one month of marriage, the couple announced Johnson is pregnant from IVF. But lightning struck the very next day in the form of a call from Griner’s manager. The manager revealed that Griner has filed for an annulment.

Brittney Griner shocked her spouse

Brittney Griner claimed that she was pressured into marrying Johnson. And that she was not aware of the IVF procedure from which Johnson was pregnant. She also accused Johnson of texting an ex-boyfriend of hers. But a judge declined her annulment. So the couple was left with the only option of a divorce. And the stars were divorced in 2016.

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She says she has dealt with the strain and disappointment of the past by looking outside herself. “I couldn’t allow myself to get stressed,” she says. “I had to think about the health of the twins.”

The divorce they went through after the pregnancy left Johnson alone to take care of the twin girls who were 16 weeks premature. She was also bedridden for a bit during her pregnancy. Johnson said that she should hate Griner for what she put her through. However, she is still worried about how Griner was taking all this.

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The Dallas Wings star had to take care of the twins by herself. She also had to pack and move because her team was relocating from Tulsa to Dallas. She said that some of her male friends offered help. Even though she could not do it alone, she was not able to trust anyone and did not accept anyone’s help.

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Bagavathi Eswaran

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Bagavathi Eswaran is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been playing the game of basketball for more than 20 years now and has also been following the NBA for more than 10 years. After not being able to go pro, this former college player decided to join the IT industry.

Edited By: Ajinkya Aswale

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