Brittney Yevette Griner is a professional basketball player born in Houston, Texas, United States to Raymond Griner and Sandra Griner. Raymond is a Vietnam War veteran who became a deputy sheriff in Harris County, Texas.
Including Brittney, Raymond and Sandra have four children together. Britney is the youngest.
Brittney is 6’9″ tall. Here are 13 more things about Brittney:
- She attended Nimitz High School in Houston. She played varsity volleyball as a freshman and lettered in basketball throughout high school. In 2009, she was selected to the All-American basketball team. From 2009 to 2013, she attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas where she played basketball.
- In 2012, she received the Best Female Athlete ESPY Award.
- On February 11, 2013, she publicly came out as a lesbian. On April 15, 2013, the Phoenix Mercury selected her as the first overall pick in the 2013 Women’s National Basketball Association draft in Bristol. Connecticut, USA. From 2013 to 2014, she played in China for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association where she signed a four-month contract for $600,000.
- On August 14, 2014, she got engaged to fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson. On August 24, 2014, she became the first WNBA player to dunk in a playoff game when she helped the Phoenix Mercury defeat the Los Angeles Sparks, 93–68, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA. In 2014, her memoir “In My Skin: My Life On and Off the Basketball Court” was published. From 2014 to 2019, she played in Russia for UMMC Ekaterinburg, which competes in the Russian Premier League.
- On April 22, 2015, she and Johnson were arrested on charges of assault and disorderly conduct after police responded to a fight between them in their suburban home in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. On May 8, 2015, they got married in Phoenix. On May 15, 2015, the WNBA suspended them for seven games each after she pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges. On June 4, 2015, they revealed that Johnson was pregnant with twins, conceived with Johnson’s eggs through in vitro fertilization. On June 5, 2015, she filed for an annulment of the marriage citing fraud and duress, which was denied. On October 12, 2015, Johnson gave birth to twin girls and she was ordered to pay child support to Johnson. In June 2016, their divorce was finalized.
- She led that he U.S. women’s national basketball team to victory at the 2016 Summer Olympics, which was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August 2016.
- On March 12, 2017, she re-signed with the Phoenix Mercury to a multi-year deal once her rookie contract expired.
- In August 2018, she and Cherelle Watson got engaged. In June 2019, they got married.
- In 2020, she protested the Star Spangled Banner and stated she would not be on the basketball court while the national anthem was played during WNBA game openers.
- She led that he U.S. women’s national basketball team to victory at the 2020 Summer Olympics, which was held in Tokyo, Japan from July 2021 to August 2021.
- On February 17, 2022, she was arrested on smuggling charges in Russia. The Federal Customs Service found she was carrying vaporizer cartridges containing less than a gram of hash oil and she was detained at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Lobnya, Moscow Oblast, Russia.
- On July 7, 2022, she pleaded guilty to drug possession charges in a court in Khimki, Russia. On August 4, 2022, the court found her guilty, sentenced her to nine years in prison and fined her 1 million rubles ($16,301). On November 17, 2022, her lawyers said that she was transferred to IK-2, a female penal colony in Yavas, Mordovia, Russia.
- She was 32 years old when Russia released her on December 8, 2022 in a prisoner exchange for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.