Griner and Johnson were arrested on misdemeanour assault and disorderly conduct charges at their Phoenix home after a physical altercation occurred.
According to the statement, the “confrontation escalated to include wrestling, punches, and the throwing and swinging of various objects.” Griner had a bite wound to her finger and scratches on her hand, and Johnson was diagnosed with a concussion.
Griner pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges and was ordered to complete 26 weeks of domestic violence counselling. Johnson’s case is still pending.
WNBA president Laurel J. Richie said in a statement after the organisation conducted its own investigation.
With consideration of all the facts and circumstances of this matter, we are suspending Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson each without pay for a period of seven regular-season games. Brittney and Glory’s conduct is detrimental to the best interests of the WNBA and violates applicable law. … Accordingly, each player will be required to attend individual counseling sessions with a counselor satisfactory to the WNBA.”
The couple was married shortly after they were arrested, having been engaged since August. Both have since apologised for the incident.