After months of deliberation as to whether WNBA star Brittney Griner will have to pay child support to her ex wife or not, a Maricopa County court has ordered her to pay Glory Johnson more than $40,000 a year to cover the child-rearing costs of the twins the latter conceived during the WNBA couple’s brief marriage.
According to a number of media outlets, the child support is part of a larger settlement the two agreed on. Griner is also ordered to pay 90% of the children’s day care fees, and $8,505 in child support arrears. However, the judge ruled that the costs to Griner would decrease as the babies get older and require less care.
Griner ended her brief marriage to Johnson early last year – one day after Johnson announced that she was expecting.
The pair married within weeks of an alleged domestic-violence incident. They parted less than a month after the marriage. Griner ultimately pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges as a result of the alleged domestic incident, and both received seven-game suspensions from the WNBA.
According to reports, Griner believed an ex-boyfriend inseminated Johnson but her pregnant partner insists a fertility clinic did the deed.
Despite the questions of paternity, and the absence of any question regarding Griner’s lack of paternity, the judge nevertheless ruled that she must pay.
So, the 25-year-old Griner, like so many of her peers in the NBA, now siphons off a significant sum of money every month to pay for child support.