According to ESPN, Brittney Griner is being asked to pay $20,000 for temporary monthly spousal support by former wife and WNBA star Glory Johnson. Court documents filed in June in Maricopa County, Arizona also state that she is requesting a $10,000 advancement for her attorney’s fees.
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The two basketball players were married May 8 – just a few weeks after a domestic violence incident in their Arizona home on April 22 where both of them were arrested. After this event, the WNBA suspended both players.
Griner filed to annul her marriage to Johnson on June 4 arguing that she was pressured into marriage under duress by Johnson’s threatening statements.
Stasy Click, Johnson’s legal representative, stated in the filing that Griner has" far superior control over the family’s financial resources" and that Johnson is "without the necessary financial means to pay for legal representation in this matter."
The filing also stated that Johnson is unable to seek employment outside of basketball because she is having a high-risk pregnancy. She is pregnant with twins.
Click stated that Johnson is currently on a slashed salary from the WNBA due to her pregnancy, which also means she will not be able to play overseas this winter.
It was also stated that Johnson’s insurance does not cover household assistance, personal trainers, and medical care.
In vitro fertilization, wedding expenses, and furnishing of the home they once shared drained Johnson’s finances, as stated in the filing.
According to ESPN, Griner declared that “due to the brief marriage, neither side was in need of nor entitled to spousal support."
There will be an evidentiary hearing set on August 17 at Maricopa County Central Building in Phoenix for Griner’s petition and Johnson’s counter-petition.
espnW tried contacting both parties last Monday but were unsuccessful.