Brittney Griner

Brittney Griner Biography, Russia Drug Case, Net Worth, Wife, Age, Contract, Salary, Family, Ethnicity, Height, Weight

Brittney Yevette Griner, better known as Brittney Griner, is an American professional basketball player with the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Phoenix Mercury (WNBA). She was picked first overall by the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury in 2013 and was named a WNBA All-Star in her first year with the organization. She has crowned the #1 Women’s Basketball Player in the Country in 2009 after excelling for Nimitz High School’s basketball team in Houston, Texas.

She also guided Baylor to the women’s national title in 2012, and she was voted Division I Player of the Year. Griner led Baylor to a national championship in the same season that famous coach Pat Summitt stepped down due to her chronic dementia struggle. She was also nominated to the United States women’s national team for the 2020 Olympics, which will be held in June 2021, where she will win her second gold medal.

Brittney Griner was arrested in Russia on drug-related accusations.

Brittney Griner was detained in Russia on drug accusations in February 2022. She was stopped at Sheremetyevo International Airport carrying hashish oil, an illegal substance in Russia, according to the Federal Security Service.

There is concern that Russia is holding her captive in reaction to Western sanctions in the midst of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat in Congress, is advocating for her release.

WNBA star Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in a Russian jail for drug-smuggling

Known For

  • Being a professional basketball player in the United States.
  • As a member of the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Phoenix Mercury (WNBA).

Early Life

Brittney Griner was born on October 18, 1990, as Brittney Yevette Griner in Houston, Texas, United States. Her nationality is American, and her ethnicity is African-American. Her religion is also Christian, and she is black.

Brittney turned 31 in 2021, and her star sign is Libra, according to her birth date. Raymond Griner (father) and Sandra Griner are her parents (mother). Shkera Griner, Decarlo Griner, and Pier Griner are her three older siblings. Griner went to Nimitz High School in Houston for her studies.

Celebrated Name Brittney Griner
Age 31 Years old.
Nick Name Brittney Griner
Birth Name Brittney Griner
Birth Date 1990-10-18
Gender Female
Profession Basketball Player
Place Of Birth Houston, Texas, the U.S.
Birth Nation Ameirca
Nationality Ameircan
Ethnicity African-Ameircan
Religion Christian
Race Black
Horoscope Libra
Parents Raymond Griner (father) and Sandra Griner (mother)
Siblings 3
High School Nimitz High School
Marital Status Married
Partner Cherelle Watson
Sexual Orientation Lesbian
Source of Wealth Basketball playing career
Net Worth $5 million
Height 6 ft 9 in or 206 cm
Weight 93 kg or 205 lb
Hair Color Dark brown
Eye Color Dark brown
Body Type Athletic
Body Measurement 30-25-35 inches
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Brittney Griner Career

  • Brittney Griner begins her career as a freshman, playing varsity volleyball and working with a Nimitz football coach.
  • During her senior year, she led the Nimitz Cougars to the Texas 5A girls basketball state championship game, which Nimitz lost 52-43 against Mansfield Summit High School.
  • As a senior, she dunked 52 times in 32 games and blocked 25 shots against Houston Alief Hastings on November 11, 2008.

  • She was named a WBCA All-American and played in the 2009 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she achieved Baylor’s first triple-double (34 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 blocked shots).
  • In January 2010, she became only the seventh player in women’s college basketball history to dunk, and only the second woman to dunk twice in a single game.
  • Then, as a fourth seed, she upset top-seeded Tennessee in the Sweet 16, and set an NCAA tournament record with 14 blocked shots in a 49-33 triumph over the Georgetown Hoyas on March 22nd.
  • She advanced to the Final Four, where she was defeated by eventual winner UConn, 70-50, and was named an AP Second Team All-American.
  • She was named First Team All-American after averaging 23 points per game in her junior season and 23.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 5 blocks.
  • She was also named AP Player of the Year and Premier Player of Women’s College Basketball in 2012.
  • She led Baylor to the Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, 80-61 over Notre Dame on April 3, 2012, with 26 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots, and was voted the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player. Baylor ended its unbeaten season with 40 victories.
  • Later, after winning the championship on April 3, 2012, she chose to withdraw her application for a roster position on the 2012 United States, and her college career ended in the 2013 NCAA women’s basketball tournament when Baylor lost to the University of Louisville Cardinals in the Sweet 16.

WNBA

  • Brittney Griner was the first overall choice by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2013 WNBA Draft, where she surpassed Candace Parker’s career total with two dunks in her debut on May 27, 2013, against the Chicago Sky.
  • She became the third WNBA player to dunk and the first to do so twice in one game, although she was unable to participate in the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game due to a right knee injury.

  • She set a WNBA record with 11 blocks in a regular-season game win over the Tulsa Shock on June 29, 2014, and became the first WNBA player to dunk in a playoff game the following year, when she helped the Mercury upset the Los Angeles Sparks, 93-68, at Staples Center.
  • Griner would have the most productive defensive season in WNBA history in 2015, averaging a career-high and WNBA record 4.0 blocks per game, breaking Margo Dydek’s record set in 1998.
  • Griner averaged 14.5 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game, and 3.1 blocks per game as the Mercury ended 16-18 in 2016. She also scored the sixth triple-double in WNBA history in a win over the Atlanta Dream, with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 blocks.
  • She later re-signed with the Mercury to a multi-year contract after her rookie contract ended on March 12, 2017, and scored a career-high 38 points and 9 rebounds in a 98-90 overtime win over the Indiana Fever on June 7, 2017.
  • She would miss the final eight games of the season and the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game due to ankle and knee injuries, but she concluded the season leading the league in scoring (21.9 points per game) and blocking for the fifth consecutive season.
  • In 2018, she played all 34 games for the third time in her career and was selected to the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game, her fifth all-star participation.

  • Griner appeared in the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game for the fifth time in her career after playing all 34 games for the third time in her career. She was elected into the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game, making her sixth career all-star game berth in 2019, after scoring a season-high 34 points in a 94-86 loss against the Chicago Sky on August 25th, 2019.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the season was postponed and shortened to 22 games at IMG Academy. Griner was forced to leave the bubble after 12 games due to unspecified personal issues. The Mercury finished 13-9 as the number 5 seed without Brittney.
  • Furthermore, she played for the United States National Team for two weeks in September 2011 as part of its European training tour, when she averaged 12.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
  • On the roster of the 2012 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team finalists, she was the only player who was still in college.

  • She was a member of the United States Olympic women’s basketball team during the 2016 Summer Olympics, when they won their first Olympic gold medal, defeating Spain 101-72 in the final.
  • She got chosen for her second Olympic Games in 2021.
  • Griner won back-to-back championships with colleague Diana Taurasi at UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 offseasons.
  • Later, in August 2016, she re-signed with UMMC Ekaterinburg for the 2016-17 off-season, and in 2017, she re-signed with UMMC Ekaterinburg for the 2017-2018 off-season.
  • She did, however, return to UMMC Ekaterinburg for a sixth term during the 2018-2019 off-season.

Awards and Achievements

  • WNBA champion (2014)
  • 7× WNBA All-Star (2013-2015, 2017-2019, 2021)
  • 2× WNBA scoring champion (2017, 2019)
  • 8× WNBA blocks leader (2013-2019, 2021)
  • WNBA Peak Performer (2017, 2019)
  • 3× All-WNBA First Team (2014, 2019, 2021)
  • 3× All-WNBA Second Team (2015, 2017, 2018)
  • 2x WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award (2014, 2015)
  • 3× WNBA All-Defensive First Team (2014, 2015, 2018)

  • 4× WNBA All-Defensive Second Team (2016, 2017, 2019, 2021)
  • WNBA All-Rookie Team (2013)
  • WNBA 25th Anniversary Team (2021)
  • 3× Russian National League champion (2015-2017)
  • 4× EuroLeague champion (2016, 2018, 2019, 2021)
  • Russian Cup winner (2017)
  • NCAA champion (2012)
  • NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2012)
  • AP Player of the Year (2012)
  • Honda Sports Award (2012)
  • 2× Wade Trophy Player of the Year (2012, 2013)
  • 2× First-team All-American – AP (2011, 2012)
  • Second-team All-American – AP (2010)
  • 3× Big 12 Player of the Year (2011-2013)
  • 4× Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2010-2013)
  • McDonald’s All-American (2009)
  • WBCA High School Player of the Year (2009)

Brittney Griner Wife and Sexuality: Is She Lesbian?

Brittney Griner has a husband. In 2021, she married a woman named Cherelle Watson, aka Cherelle T. Griner. Brittney mentioned in one of her Instagram photos that she met her wife at Baylor University. The couple recently celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary. On August 14, 2014, Griner confirmed her engagement to fellow WNBA star Glory Johnson. They were arrested on assault and disorderly conduct charges on April 22, 2015, after police reacted to a confrontation between the two in their Goodyear, Arizona home.

Both had suffered minor injuries. Later that month, on May 8, 2015, the couple married in Phoenix. On June 4, 2015, they revealed that Johnson was pregnant with twins conceived through in vitro fertilization using Johnson’s eggs. Johnson gave birth to twin girls 16 weeks early on October 12, 2015. Griner was ordered to pay Johnson child support. The divorce of the couple was formalized in June 2016. She is a lesbian, according to her sexual orientation.

Brittney Griner Net Worth 

Brittney Griner is a multi-talented woman with a $5 million net worth as of 2022. She spent several years with the Russian squad UMMC Ekaterinburg. Griner’s salary with Mercury is expected to be around $228,000 in 2022.

Her Nike endorsement arrangement was the first time the corporation had done so with an openly homosexual athlete. Furthermore, her primary source of income is her basketball playing career, and she is pleased and content with the job she is in.

What is Brittney Griner height?

Brittney Griner has a height of 6 ft 9 in or 206 cm and a mass of 93 kg or 205 lbs. She has dark brown hair and blue eyes. Griner also has an athletic physique build with body measurements of 30-25-35 inches. She has also etched multiple tattoos on her body, which has drawn a lot of attention to her.

Did You Know?

  • She was picked first overall by the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury in 2013 and was named a WNBA All-Star in her first year with the organization.
  • She has crowned the #1 Women’s Basketball Player in the Country in 2009 after excelling for Nimitz High School’s basketball team in Houston, Texas.
  • She was voted Division I Player of the Year after leading Baylor University to the women’s national title in 2012.
  • Raymond and Sandra Griner gave birth to her.
  • Griner married fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson in May 2015, but they divorced just a month later.

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