Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has filed papers looking to annul her marriage to Tulsa Shock forward Glory Johnson.
Johnson and Griner were married on May 8, three weeks after they were both arrested for allegedly attacking each other. The pair was arrested in April after police were called to a residence for a domestic dispute.
Griner released a statement to Fagan on Friday:
“Last Wednesday, Glory and I agreed to either legally separate, get divorced, or annul our marriage. I can confirm that today I filed for an annulment. In the week prior to the wedding, I attempted to postpone the wedding several times until I completed counseling, but I still went through with it. I now realize that was a mistake.”
Paperwork obtained by Buzzfeed's Lindsey Adler shows that Griner argues that the marriage is void “based on fraud and duress.” Griner claims she was pressured into marriage under duress by Johnson's “threatening statements.”
In an exclusive interview with SI.com earlier this week, Johnson said that the police report and her medical reports indicate to her that Griner “was the aggressor” even though each woman was referred to as "The Victim" in separate probable cause statements taken at the time of their arrests.
The WNBA suspended both players for seven games.
On Thursday, Johnson announced that she is pregnant and will not play this season.
“It has always been a dream of mine to start a family with someone I love,” Johnson said Thursday in a statement. “Being a professional athlete that plays year round, there is never a perfect time to get pregnant without putting my career on hold.”
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