Brittney Griner's Request to Annul Marriage Rejected by Arizona Judge

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 15, 2015

FILE - This combo of booking photos released by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, show WNBA players Brittney Griner, left, and Glory Johnson following their arrest on April 22, 2015. The WNBA has suspended  Griner and Johnson seven games each because of their domestic violence arrest last month. The league on Friday, May 15, 2015, cited the integrity of the game in handing down the punishment. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
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WNBA star Brittney Griner's request to have her marriage to Glory Johnson annulled has been rejected by an Arizona judge, meaning the two remain married for the time being. 

Jeff Truesdell of People magazine reported the news, citing a member of Johnson's camp:

The court decision effectively enforces Griner's position as the couple's breadwinner, since Johnson has taken a year off from the court to carry twins – a pregnancy that Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, announced on June 4, one day before Griner filed to annul the 28-day marriage

Truesdell's report notes a Johnson confidante saying after the ruling that it's Griner's "responsibility to provide for the two of them."

The ruling comes just over two months after Griner filed to have her marriage annulled, with Mary K. Reinhart of the New York Times reporting in June that Griner claimed the union was "void based on fraud and duress.”

Griner and Johnson were married May 8, two weeks after the pair were arrested for assault and disorderly conduct as part of a domestic violence incident following an altercation at their home in Goodyear, Arizona. The WNBA suspended both players for seven games following the incident, though Johnson can't serve it until she returns next season. 

Truesdell did mention that Griner's divorce request, which was filed along with the annulment, can proceed because the court found "'no legal basis for annulment,' while stating 'the case shall proceed on the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with Minor Children.'"