Phoenix police arrest WNBA star Griner and fiancee for assault

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Posted: Apr 23, 2015 11:45 AM

By David Schwartz

PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. women's basketball star Brittney Griner and her fiancee, fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson, have been arrested on disorderly conduct and assault charges after a fight at their Phoenix home, police said.

Griner, who has played with the Phoenix Mercury team since 2013, and Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, were booked into the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix on Wednesday and released early on Thursday, authorities said.

Police responding to a 911 call of a fight on Wednesday afternoon went to the house the two 24-year-old women share in the city's western suburb of Goodyear.

"Upon arrival officers found the two had been in a physical fight with one another resulting in minor injuries to both," Lisa Kutis, spokeswoman for the Goodyear Police Department, said in a statement.

"They were both arrested and booked into 4th Avenue jail on assault and disorderly conduct charges," she said.

Griner, a 6-foot-8, two-time WNBA all-star, was a three-time All-American at Baylor and voted most outstanding player of the Final Four in 2012, when Baylor won the national championship.

Johnson, who is 6-foot-3, was a WNBA all-star in 2014.

The couple announced their engagement last year.

WNBA spokeswoman Dina Skokos said the league is aware of the incident and is working with the Phoenix Mercury and Tulsa Shock organizations to obtain more information.

In a statement published by the Arizona Republic, Phoenix Mercury Executive Vice President and General Manager Jim Pitman said the team is aware of an alleged incident involving Griner.

"We are in the process of gathering additional information and will have no further comment at this time," the statement said.

(This version of the story has been updated with a quote from the WNBA spokeswoman in paragraph 9)

(Reporting by David Schwartz; Additional reporting by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Additional reporting and writing by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Will Dunham and Bill Trott)