WNBA star Glory Johnson sat down with Cosmopolitan to reflect on the messiness involved in her relationship and split from fellow pro-basketball player Brittney Griner.
Despite the two getting arrested for domestic abuse in April, they married on May 8, and less than a month later announced that Johnson, 25, was pregnant with twins. But one day after the announcement, Griner, 25, filed for an annulment.
“I don’t understand,” Johnson said of her estranged wife. “I want to understand. I thought I married the person I was supposed to be with. You work things out and fight for what you love.”
Johnson admitted that after their domestic dispute, many of her friends and family advised against her going through with the marriage.
“It wasn’t about other people. It was about us,” she said. “Brittney was crying about how happy she was I stuck with her and promising she’d make it worth it. You can call me stupid for believing her, but I trusted this person.”
The April incident landed them both in jail briefly. They had been shopping at Lowe’s and gotten into an argument that escalated when they returned home.
“I’ve never been grabbed or thrown like that ever in my entire life, not by anybody,” Johnson said of Griner allegedly grabbing her neck and throwing her head down. “At that point, everything was out there. We were fighting. We were scrapping. Her eyes were dead black. I thought I could talk to her, but she was not there.”
After Griner allegedly said, “I’ve got something for you,” Johnson’s sister Judy, who was in the house at the time, called the police. The sisters later claimed they knew Griner had a gun, though it was not noted in the police report.
Despite their violent past, the couple moved forward and Johnson says she was blindsided when Griner made the decision to call it quits. She gave birth to their twins — Ava Simone and Solei Diem — prematurely in October after only five months of pregnancy.
“I can’t do this by myself,” she said of raising her little girls. “I have male friends, sweet guys that are offering to help me, and I’m not handling it well. I’m pushing it away because I don’t trust anybody. I hope I get to a point where I can give somebody a fair chance, because I was so trusting before.”
Johnson also said she doesn’t regret marrying Griner. And despite their estrangement, she’s still concerned about her ex.
“After all the things that she put me and my family through, I should hate this person,” she said of Griner. “But at the end of the day, I still worry about how she’s taking all this.”
(Photo Source: Glory Johnson/Brittney Griner Instagram)