Tag Archives: Tulsa Shock

Basketball Star Brittney Griner knifed in China

On Monday, Brittney Griner was slashed in a random knife attack on in China. The Phoenix Mercury star is currently playing for a Chinese team during the WNBA off-season.

The incident happened when she was leaving practice in Shenyang, in northeast China.

A drunk knife-wielding man chased her and three teammates on to their bus. Griner was cut on her elbow, but her two thick winter coat prevented a serious injury. She did not need stitches, nor did she need to go to hospital. In fact, the next night she led Beijing Great Wall to victory over Liaoning Hengye, scoring 19 points.

One of her teammates was also slashed.

Griner said on Instagram.

‘First let me say I’m ok!!!! But last night me and 3 my teammates got chase and attack by a man with a big ass knife got a little scratch and my teammates walk away unharmed! He chase us into our bus and had us corned yelling at us then he finally left!,’

Brittney Griner

Phoenix Mercury tweeted, ‘We are thankful Brittney and her teammates are all okay after this incident.’

Griner came out as lesbian in April last year and announced her engagement to fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson in August.

#WNBA’s Brittney Griner Gets Engaged to Former Tennessee Vols Star Glory Johnson

Women’s basketball stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson are engaged. Griner proposed to Johnson and both posted it on social media, with Griner showing a photo of her on one knee with a ring in her hand in front of Johnson on her Instagram account. Griner plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and Johnson for the Tulsa Shock.

In the post, Griner wrote:

“Last Night was a Night to Remember(,) I became the happiest person on this earth! (almost pass out but when that one word came out I came back to life) Me and my baby (at)missvol25 are in it for Life!”

Johnson also had a photo on her Instagram account of Griner lying in bed with an engagement ring resting on her shoulder.

Griner has embraced her role as a prominent gay athlete since finishing a record-breaking career at Baylor. She came out last year and wrote a candid memoir, “In My Skin,” that was critical of college coach Kim Mulkey.

The 6-foot-8 center, drafted first overall by Phoenix last year, has helped lead the Mercury to a WNBA-best 27-5 record. She is averaging 15.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.9 blocks.

Johnson is averaging 15.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in her third season with Tulsa. The 6-foot-3 forward played at Tennessee.

Arizona and Oklahoma have gay marriage bans being contested in court. Oklahoma’s ban was found unconstitutional, but that decision is on hold and the state has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.