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Brittany Griner Guilty, Enters Domestic Violence Counseling

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 11:14 AM

WNBA star Brittany Griner pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct involving her fiancée Glory Johnson and has agreed to enter a diversion program to receive domestic violence counseling.

Griner, who led the Phoenix Mercury to the WNBA championship last year, was arrested with Johnson, who also plays in the WNBA, after authorities were called to their home in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear on April 22, reported the Arizona Republic.

Griner's attorney, David Michael Cantor, said in a statement that all charges against the Houston native and former Baylor University star will be dismissed if she successfully completes the 26-week counseling program.

"It is never okay for an argument to turn physical," Griner said, according to the Houston Chronicle. "This will never happen again, and I take my relationship and my responsibility as a role model seriously. I am committed to making positive changes and I plan to use what I have learned to set a good example and help make a difference in the world around me."

The Republic noted that training camp for the Mercury begins May 17. The season opener against San Antonio is set for June 5.

"The day after her arrest, prior to the court's requirements being imposed, Brittney voluntarily began counseling and will continue to attend in addition to the required court's counseling," said Cantor, according to TMZ.

Phoenix Mercury executive vice president and general manager Jim Pitman didn't say if Griner would face any additional suspensions or fines by the team or WNBA.

"The Mercury organization is aware of an alleged incident involving Brittney Griner," said Pittman. "We are in the process of gathering additional information, and will have no further comment at this time."

Griner was named the WNBA's defensive player of the year in 2014 after setting the league's record for blocks in a season (129) and blocks in single-game (11), according to the WNBA. The league's old single season block record, 114 by the Utah Starzz's Margo Dydek in 1998 had stood for 16 years.


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