Judge Denies WNBA's Glory Johnson Spousal Support from Brittney Griner
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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In marriage dissolution proceedings, WNBA’s Glory Johnson made a request for $20,000 a month in temporary spousal support–along with attorney’s fees–from soon-to-be ex-wife Brittney Griner, and her request was denied, according to reports.

Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, and Griner, of the Phoenix Mercury, were married May 8 and are currently going through a very public break up. Griner had filed papers requesting the marriage be annulled or dissolved, alleging that she was “pressured into marriage under duress by Johnson’s threatening statements.”

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David Michael Cantor, Griner’s attorney said in a statement, “We are very pleased that the judge has ruled, after evaluating the credibility of the testimony, that a 28-day marriage does not entitle Glory Johnson to Brittney Griner’s money for purposes of alimony, Mercedes car payments, or attorney’s fees.”

Johnson, who is pregnant and announced last month that she would be out for the season, can file a motion requesting child support from Griner at a later date. She has testified that Griner played a part in her decision to pursue in vitro fertilization, but Griner denies Johnson’s claims, indicating, according to ESPN, that she was not aware of when Johnson’s pregnancy process had taken place.

Griner and Johnson’s case is happening is a state that just late last year had its first legal LGBT marriages performed after a landmark Supreme Court ruling made Arizona’s laws against the unions void. It’s also one of the first high-profile marriage dissolutions between African American women.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.

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