From arrests for domestic violence to marriage to an annulment and pregnancy, the Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson drama doesn’t seem to end. Now, Johnson is asking for $20,000 a month for spousal support from Griner and has also pleaded not guilty to their domestic violence case.
Earlier in the week, Johnson said she is seeking $20,000 a month for temporary spousal support as well as $10,000 advancement toward attorney fees for Johnson’s counsel.
A hearing is set for August 17.
According to a June 29 filing, Griner has “far superior control over the family’s financial resources” and Johnson is “without the necessary financial means to pay for legal representation in this matter.”
The couple were both arrested after a call for domestic violence in their Arizona home on April 22. On May 8, the couple tied the knot. June 4, Johnson announced she would not play the next WNBA season because she is pregnant with twins. The next day, Griner filed papers requesting their marriage be annulled, saying she was “pressured into marriage under duress by Johnson’s threatening statements.”
Griner also claimed she was unaware when “the in vitro fertilization resulting in Johnson’s pregnancy had taken place.” She added the parties acquired “minimal community property and incurred minimal community debts during their three-week marriage.”
Griner said both she and Johnson should be responsible for their own attorney fees and neither should receive spousal support.
According to Johnson, her salary was reduced because of her pregnancy leave and her inability to play overseas in the winter. She said she used her finances for the wedding and furniture in their previous home as well as IVF procedures. She said she cannot seek alternative employment from basketball because of her “high-risk pregnancy,” and while she waits to return to playing basketball, she will need “household assistance, personal trainers and medical care not covered by her current insurance.”
Just days ago, Johnson’s attorney said she has entered a not guilty plea in the domestic violence case. After the couples’ arrest on misdemeanor charges of assault and domestic violence disorderly conduct, prosecutors in Goodyear and Maricopa County Arizona didn’t file charges against Johnson.
A month later, the prosecutor in Surprise, Arizona, filed charges. There is no new evidence and her attorney said it’s unlikely they will go to trial.
The assault charge accuses Johnson of “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing any physical injury” to Griner. It accuses Johnson of “engaging in fighting, violent or seriously disruptive behavior, with the intent to disturb the peace or quiet of a neighborhood, family or person.”
Griner pleaded guilty to the charges and agreed to a diversion program. The charges will be dropped if she completes the program.